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CDC To Investigate Whether Sauget Incinerator Is Poisoning Air With Heavy Metal Emissions

Nov 20, 2019
The Center for Disease Control will conduct an investigation into pollution from the Veolia North American-Trade Waste Incineration facility in Sauget.
Joseph Bustos | Belleville News-Democrat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will investigate whether a waste incinerator is poisoning people in Sauget.

A federal agency within the CDC is expected to announce Wednesday it will conduct a preliminary investigation into “potential health hazards” from pollution near the Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration facility.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry plans to determine if the Sauget incinerator is causing heavy metal poisoning.

Five separate outbreaks of H7N9 avian influenza have surfaced over the past six years, sickening more than 1,500 people. Researchers at SLU are now working to test a new vaccination against the virus.

Researchers at St. Louis University are recruiting volunteers to test a new vaccination for avian influenza.

The vaccination targets the H7N9 strain, which has caused at least 600 deaths since it first surfaced in China in 2013. The National Institutes of Health has identified the strain as one that could cause a global pandemic and is now preparing for an outbreak before it happens.

College and graduation illustration
Illustration by Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis-area organizations are working to remove some of the barriers that prevent LGBTQ students from applying to and staying in college.

LGBTQ high schoolers face stigma and discrimination that put them at higher risk than heterosexual students for mental-health problems and poor academic performance, according to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study says those disadvantages can lead to “negative health and life outcomes.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 29, 2012 - The number of Missouri children facing risks from lead poisoning has risen sharply because a federal agency has lowered the threshold, saying youngsters can be harmed by ingesting even tiny amounts of lead.

Until recently, children were thought to be harmed if the level of lead in their bodies was as low as 10 micrograms for each deciliter of blood. About two weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced the threshold to five micrograms.