environment http://kbia.org en Unitarian church embraces environmental stewardship with green initiative http://kbia.org/post/unitarian-church-embraces-environmental-stewardship-green-initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three years ago, Larry </span>Lile<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became his own boss. He started a consulting group that does energy audits of businesses and helps plan sustainable buildings.</span></p><p>His favorite part is the short walk to work: “I have about a 15-step walk to the office.”</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Abigail Keel 50333 at http://kbia.org Unitarian church embraces environmental stewardship with green initiative Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants http://kbia.org/post/sierra-club-alleges-thousands-air-quality-violations-amerens-st-louis-area-plants <em><strong>Updated Thursday 10:15 p.m.</strong></em><p>The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.<p>In a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201312/Ameren_Missouri_NOI_12.11.13_FINAL.pdf">Notice of Intent to Sue</a> delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's&#160;Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Standing among the crowd, Dr. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:32:44 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 45225 at http://kbia.org Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants Sierra Club threatens suit over Ameren air quality http://kbia.org/post/sierra-club-threatens-suit-over-ameren-air-quality <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.5;">An environmental group says it plans to soon sue utility provider </span>Ameren<span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.5;"> over what it calls repeated violations of federal air pollution standards.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The Sierra Club told Ameren Corp. it plans legal action in the next 60 days over what the group says are nearly 10,000 violations of the Clean Air Act since 2008 at coal-fired power plants in St. Louis, Jefferson and Franklin counties</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:15:42 +0000 Associated Press 45197 at http://kbia.org Sierra Club threatens suit over Ameren air quality CAFO concerns in environmentally sensitive areas http://kbia.org/post/cafo-concerns-environmentally-sensitive-areas <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoor confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are growing, even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">The hog industry’s impact on the water supply is worrying many residents of northeast Iowa’s Winneshiek County, near Decorah.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 44842 at http://kbia.org CAFO concerns in environmentally sensitive areas Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' http://kbia.org/post/why-arborists-are-providing-tlc-big-tree <p>Arborists and tree lovers from across Missouri joined together Tuesday to care for the famous "Big Tree," just South of Columbia, a Bur Oak that is hundreds of years old- and starting to show its age.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:17:59 +0000 Kate Grumke 42558 at http://kbia.org Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' Environmentalists sue Mo. over renewable energy http://kbia.org/post/environmentalists-sue-mo-over-renewable-energy <p>An environmental group is heading to court in another attempt to change the way Missouri officials have implemented a 2008 ballot initiative about renewable energy.</p><p>The initiative requires investor-owned utilities to tap renewable energy sources for at least 5 percent of their electricity by 2014, with that amount gradually rising to 15 percent by 2021.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:03:59 +0000 Associated Press 39424 at http://kbia.org Environmentalists sue Mo. over renewable energy Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project http://kbia.org/post/mo-environmental-group-sues-army-corps-over-pipeline-project <em><strong>Updated at 5:00 p.m.</strong></em><p>A St. Louis-based environmental group has <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201308/Complaintfiled.pdf">filed a lawsuit</a> against the U.S. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:22:15 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 39184 at http://kbia.org Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project Nixon vetoes legal shield for old lead mines http://kbia.org/post/nixon-vetoes-legal-shield-old-lead-mines <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shielded a Missouri lead mining company from punitive damages in some contamination lawsuits. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 36985 at http://kbia.org Nixon vetoes legal shield for old lead mines Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff http://kbia.org/post/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eleven miles northeast of Centralia, Mo., five U.S. Geological Survey scientists don waders and bright reflective life jackets to wade into </span>Goodwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Creek. Plenty of fish live in the stream’s murky slow-moving waters, along with snakes, crayfish, mussels and snapping turtles. On this overcast morning, the team collects water samples and checks submerged cages of </span>fathead<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> minnows for eggs.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:13:44 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 35608 at http://kbia.org Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff Environmental Groups Demand Groundwater Testing Near Ameren Power Plants http://kbia.org/post/environmental-groups-demand-groundwater-testing-near-ameren-power-plants <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201305/6-Franklin-Co.-wells.jpg" alt="" /><p>Environmental groups are once again urging state officials to require groundwater monitoring at Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in eastern Missouri.<p>The Sierra Club and Labadie Environmental Organization submitted <a href="http://action.sierraclub.org/site/DocServer/Groundwater_Monitoring_Letter_to_MO_DNR.pdf?docID=13221">a letter</a> to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Thursday asking t Fri, 24 May 2013 13:10:26 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34278 at http://kbia.org Environmental Groups Demand Groundwater Testing Near Ameren Power Plants Odors expected to worsen during Bridgeton Landfill construction http://kbia.org/post/odors-expected-worsen-during-bridgeton-landfill-construction <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201305/Bridgeton%20Landfill%20DSC_0037.jpg" alt="" /><p><em>Updated Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.: </em>The Department of Health &#38; Senior Services is also posting its evaluations of the air monitoring data <a href="http://www.health.mo.gov/living/environment/bridgeton/">here</a>. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:13:33 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34034 at http://kbia.org Concerns over drinking water motivate drug take-back participation http://kbia.org/post/concerns-over-drinking-water-motivate-drug-take-back-participation <p></p><p></p><p>The Boone County Sheriff’s Department collected almost 650 pounds of prescription drugs from drop-off locations around Boone County in a drug pick-up event this past weekend … and the sheriff’s department reports there is an increase in people dropping off prescriptions for environmental reasons.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:20:09 +0000 Kate Grumke 32898 at http://kbia.org Concerns over drinking water motivate drug take-back participation Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming http://kbia.org/post/local-science-and-health-researchers-discuss-health-impact-global-warming <p></p><p>Nearing the end of one of the warmest years on record, local researchers and healthcare professionals are urging Mid-Missourians to take steps to cope with the rising temperatures.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:15:00 +0000 Coleman Bandy 25678 at http://kbia.org Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming Environment, atheism key contemporary religious issues http://kbia.org/post/environment-atheism-key-contemporary-religious-issues <p></p><p>Religion was one of those things Cliff Cain's mother raised him not to talk about in public – that, along with politics and sex.</p><p>With religion alone, he's breaking that rule – in his words, "Religion is as polarizing as politics and as passionate as sex."</p><p>Cain is a religious studies professor at Westminster College in Fulton, and he was the chair of the committee for the school's annual symposium. This year, the topic was religion, and more than 40 experts came to give lectures and facilitate discussions.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:44:25 +0000 Kellie Moore 21578 at http://kbia.org Environment, atheism key contemporary religious issues The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years http://kbia.org/post/end-lead-laced-era-polluting-smelter-close-after-120-years <p>Herculaneum, Mo., a small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, was always a company town. &nbsp;The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in North America, trucking in lead from Missouri&#39;s rich mines to a 120-year-old smelter on the river. &nbsp;For 25 years, the smelter didn&#39;t meet federal air standards for lead, and now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year.</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:49:20 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18998 at http://kbia.org The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years