Environment

Missouri Group Sues EPA Over Nutrient Levels in Lakes

Feb 25, 2016
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 A Missouri group is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accusing it of shirking its responsibility for regulating nutrient levels in the state's lakes.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation has filed the lawsuit in Kansas City against the EPA and its administrator, Gina McCarthy.

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A crucial part of the effort to mitigate climate change is finding alternatives to fossil fuels.

A recent conference at the University of Missouri in Columbia focused on one of the most controversial of those: nuclear power.


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On a cold but clear Saturday evening, with the sun dipping towards the horizon, a group of 20 or so bird watchers assembled at Wah Sha She Prairie, about half an hour north of Joplin. They braved the cold, hoping to see the migratory short-eared owl.


Missouri is looking at more than 4,000 acres in the southern portion of the state for a new state park, but it's not without opposition. 

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 Ashland water and sewer customers have started to see an increase in their monthly bills thanks to a ballot issue passed in 2014.

The ballot issue asked voters if the city could issue $7 million in bonds for a new mechanical sewage facility. The city currently uses a lagoon for sewage.

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The population of monarch butterflies has declined so dramatically in recent years that the iconic insect is being considered for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list. In Nebraska and across the other areas of the Midwest, a stop on the monarch migration route, efforts are underway to determine the scope of the decline.

 


Antler Restrictions Revoked

Nov 2, 2015
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Missouri deer hunters will not have to worry about shooting a deer whose antlers aren’t big enough. 

Since 2004, hunters have been limited to antlered bucks with at least four points on one side of the bucks rack.  The Missouri Department of Conservation announced it is repealing the previous antler restrictions for a portion of the firearm season from November 14-24. 

Emily Flynn is a deer biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  She says that the restrictions were revoked because of a deadly disease that is spreading. 

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says a weekend brush fire near a suburban St. Louis landfill makes a pressing case for a federal remedy to the area where a slow-burning underground fire could threaten a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste.

Koster says he's relieved that the Environmental Protection Agency's studies show no immediate public danger from the West Lake Landfill near Bridgeton.

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Research shows that the Earth’s warming climate can have a massive impact on many parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean down to the tiny bee. Recently, bees have been dying in increasing numbers due to environmental changes.

Some sub-species, however, seem to be putting up a better fight than others.


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A pair of earthquakes hit southeast Missouri, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 3.4-magnitude earthquake, followed 24 minutes later by a 3.2-magnitude aftershock, hit southeast Missouri on Friday afternoon.

The Daily American Republic reports residents in Butler, Ripley and Carter counties reported feeling the quakes.

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Some residents in southeast Missouri want money from a lead mining settlement spent in communities impacted by contamination, not on a new state park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports residents panned a plan to buy 2,500 acres for the Oregon County Park during a special meeting Tuesday. The proposal would use part of a $40 million settlement with mining company Asarco.

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On this week's Intersection, the focus is on native plants and our environment – with a special emphasis on the relationship between milkweed and monarch butterflies. Host Sara Shahriari explores efforts to preserve and create native plant habitats in our own backyards, and beyond. Our guests are Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, Carol Davit of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Pete Millier of the Mizzou Botanic Garden and Mervin Wallace of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. 


Pheasant Hunting Expands Statewide

Oct 12, 2015

  COLUMBIA- The Missouri Department of Conservation announced that it will expand pheasant hunting statewide starting Nov. 1. Hunters in mid-Missouri will now have the opportunity to hunt the popular bird closer to home.

In years past hunting was limited to the area north of I-70, all of St. Charles County and a portion of the Southeastern corner of the state.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is taking measures to save the deer population in the state.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Those royally beautiful creatures, monarch butterflies, are declining in numbers, partly because a certain weed is disappearing, especially across the American Midwest. The monarch butterfly caterpillar depends on milkweed to survive. And that's something you can help with by planting milkweed, which is really a pretty flower in your garden. I know. I have lots of milkweed in mine and lots of monarchs. From member station KBIA, Sara Shahriari has more.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said new reports raise troubling concerns about the environmental fallout from contamination and a subsurface fire at a landfill in St. Louis County.

Koster on Thursday  released several reports related to the Bridgeton Landfill. One found radiological contamination in trees outside the landfill's perimeter. Another indicates that the underground fire has moved past two rows of interceptor wells built by owner Republic Services to keep the fire from reaching buried nuclear waste in an adjacent landfill.

The Sierra Club says Ameren's Labadie power plant in Franklin County does not meet state and federal water quality standards and wants it brought into compliance.

On Friday, the environmental group filed an appeal with the state, alleging the plant’s operating permit does not do enough to protect wildlife or groundwater.

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Fifty bridges were added to the list of bridges in critical condition across Missouri this year.

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In the world of lighting, reducing energy costs rules the day especially in lighting used outside the home.


Officials are planning a $7.3 million cleanup of a contaminated site in downtown Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reports officials have known for years that the land is contaminated. The land, which is owned by City Utilities, is in the Jordan Valley Corridor, a former industrial area that was once home to several factories.

Mike Kromrey, executive director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, says the pollution is likely at least 150 years old.

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The city of Columbia will stop burning coal at its power plant in mid-October.

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  Regulators in Missouri are ordering more safeguards and a backup plan at the Bridgeton Landfill, where smoldering waste sits near discarded nuclear material.

Port KC, the organization in charge of riverfront development in Kansas City, has an ambitious plan for the south bank of the Missouri River. 

For Michael Collins, the group's president and C.E.O, the idea of another park on the river isn't enough.

"We want to see what we can do to push the needle or do better than other riverfront communities across the country," says Collins.

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  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has extended the state of emergency in Ferguson and the surrounding area for at least one more day.

Missouri levee
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It's been four years since tiny Pinhook was swamped, along with 130,000 acres in southeast Missouri, when the government blasted three holes in a Mississippi River levee. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter regulations for pesticide applicators.

Under the guidelines, workers who spray some of the most hazardous pesticides would need to be at least 18 years old, renew their certifications every three years and take specialized training for certain chemicals.

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  An estimated 200,000 gallons of sewage has flowed into a tributary of Coldwater Creek in Florissant after a sewer main break.

Environmental advocates are praising the new Clean Power Plan announced Monday by President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency. Business groups are critical.

The new rule is designed to cut emissions by 32 percent by the year 2030, based on levels recorded in 2005, and it will use state-by-state targets to implement the emissions cuts, with states having flexibility in how to reach the goals. In a statement that included its outline of the plan's components, the White House said, "The Clean Power Plan establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants."

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The number of songbirds in this country has been declining for many years.


Officials say flooding and resulting strong currents in waterways are the main causes for the increase.

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