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A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that redefines navigable waterways in the United States is being challenged in federal court by Missouri and several other states.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit on Monday. He says the new definition goes too far because it would classify ponds, streams that only briefly flow during rainstorms and channels that are usually dry as waterways.

Updated 10 a.m. Tuesday with cost information from Ameren.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the Obama administration, saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs to industry when it set limits on mercury and other emissions from power plants.

The court's 5-to-4 decision was a victory for industry groups and more than 20 states — including Missouri — that had sued the EPA over its 2011 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

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A former wastewater treatment plant operator accused of submitting false reports in violation of the Clean Water Act has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

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Ethanol is one of the most important industries in the Midwest, and it’s an industry about to change. The U.S. EPA says that by June 1 it will propose new targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, which dictates the amount of ethanol the oil industry has to blend into our gasoline.

 


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing some changes to its federal ethanol policy.

The agency proposed a cut to the amount of corn ethanol oil companies are required to blend in to our gasoline, as well as ambitious targets for low-carbon cellulosic ethanol, which is produced from grasses and other inedible parts of plants.

From Track to Trail: Eldon Plans New Rock Island Trail

Mar 17, 2015
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  The Rock Island Railroad running through Eldon hasn’t had a car run on its tracks for more than 30 years.

The city of Eldon has received The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Grant through the Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will provide access to the professional services needed to transform the deserted tracks into a new trail.

“We want the trail to be much more than a three mile strip though our community. We are looking at a comprehensive plan for the Rock Island Trail within our city limits,” said Community resource Director Daphney Partridge. “And then we’re also looking at connect ability to our community as a whole and the overall trail network.”

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This week the EPA will make a final decision on a proposed new rule for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, called CCRs, or coal ash.


Monsanto will continue selling soybean seeds coated with pesticides that have been linked to honey bee deaths, even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the seeds do not improve yields.

The seeds in question are treated with a class of chemicals called neonicotinoids, which are chemically similar to nicotine.

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  The cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark have written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency expressing community concerns regarding the proposed re-definition of the phrase "Water of the United States."  In Osage Beach, the new definition will affect 4,500 full time residents and over twice that many in vacation home owners. 

Ameren introduces plan for cleaner energy

Oct 2, 2014
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Ameren Missouri introduced its 20-year plan for cleaner energy that could achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2035.

The potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would put Ameren Missouri in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent reduction by the year 2030. The EPA announced the Clean Power Plan earlier this year and Ameren Missouri has been prepared to achieve the standards.

Skepticism surrounds new Clean Water Act proposal

Oct 2, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers released a draft proposal aimed to strengthen the protection for clean water. The draft proposal released back in March states the goal of the proposed rule is to clarify the Clean Water Act of 1972 and benefit agriculture.

However, many farmers and groups are skeptical about the proposed rule. The rule would expand federal authority over “waters of the United States.”

Local pond rated a high potential hazard by the EPA

Sep 30, 2014
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Citizens of Columbia need to be extra cautious near a local pond the next time it rains heavily.

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.

 


The Environmental Protection Agency says preliminary radiation screening results showed no public health risk at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

Hartzler talks coal power in Moberly amid EPA regulation proposal

Jun 4, 2014

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler kicked off her “all of the above” energy tour with several stops in Mid-Missouri Tuesday, including the Thomas Hill coal fired power plant near Moberly.

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A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities.

The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn't been a formal process for sharing university research and ideas across the 12 task force states.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.

So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.

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  Missouri congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider newly proposed regulations for wood-burning stoves.

Luetkemeyer sent a letter to the EPA Tuesday saying the proposed regulations could increase the costs of manufacturing wood-burning heaters. He said that could make them unaffordable to many people and drive some small manufacturers out of business.

Mo. DNR gives five school districts funds to replace buses

Nov 13, 2013
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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is awarding five Missouri school districts with funds to replace their old school buses with newer, cleaner-running versions.

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The government shutdown is creating a backlog of chemicals needed to produce the steady supply of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides American farmers count on to keep pests from destroying their crops.

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Missouri lawmakers are weighing a challenge to a proposed rule that could allow greater amounts of ethanol in gasoline.

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Citing the high cost of gasoline, including a time this week when he says costs in southwest Missouri rose by 10 cents in one day, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is again urging passage of the Gas Accessibility & Stabilization (GAS) Act.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • MU Health Care named one of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the country 
  • Kirksville pays Environmental Protection Agency fine for not testing water
  • New licensing requirements for insurance counselors 
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Eleven miles northeast of Centralia, Mo., five U.S. Geological Survey scientists don waders and bright reflective life jackets to wade into Goodwater 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 fathead minnows for eggs.

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Later, we check in with a revised Environmental Protection Agency standard that could help some wastewater treatment facilities struggling to comply with part of the Clean Water Act’s deadline.

The change to state water quality standards rules provides greater flexibility in Missouri’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program.

The state's regulations previously allowed no more than three years for a permittee to come into compliance with its NPDES permit.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted proposed changes, allowing longer than three years, to EPA in December for review and approval.  The decision to approve the changes was recently announced.

Government and civic leaders in southeast Missouri believe reducing ozone levels is largely out of their control because the pollutions drifts in from hundreds of miles away.

A committee of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission met Friday in Perryville to review data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The committee is fighting to keep the region from being designated a "nonattainment area," with pollution readings that routinely exceed EPA standards.

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The EPA says a new round of dioxin sampling at Route 66 State Park confirms it poses no risk to park workers and visitors.

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A federal appeals court has overturned a federal rule that would have reduced air pollution from power plants and kept it from drifting across state lines.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the panel of judges said the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its regulatory authority when it approved the Cross-State Air Pollution rule last summer.

Sierra Club Missouri Chapter Director John Hickey says the rule would have reduced emissions of soot, sulfur dioxide, and other pollutants that drift from state to state.

Updated at 6:30 p.m. to add information on mercury pollution.

A new report released today puts both Missouri and Illinois among the top 20 states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report ranked Missouri 15th and Illinois 16th nationwide, based on 2010 data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the most recent data available.

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