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Agriculture
6:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

EPA promotes contentious water rule to farmers

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks to reporters at Heffernan Farm in Rocheport, Mo., July 9, 2014.
Credit Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media/KBIA

 

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.

 


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Business
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

No health risk found at Bridgeton complex

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

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Health
8:21 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hartzler talks coal power in Moberly amid EPA regulation proposal

U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler (File photo)

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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Science and Technology
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

MU included in EPA task force on water quality

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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.

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Politics
8:43 am
Thu March 20, 2014

McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed various issues at a news conference Monday with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (far right).

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 12:22 am

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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Politics
4:14 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Luetkemeyer asks EPA to reconsider wood stove regulations

Credit KBIA

  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.

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Education
9:20 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Mo. DNR gives five school districts funds to replace buses

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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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Agriculture
5:44 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Government shutdown creates backlog of ag chemicals used in pesticides

Millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to make pesticides are being held at U.S. ports because the EPA personnel that normally inspect the shipments are furloughed during the government shutdown.
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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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Agriculture
8:54 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Proposed Mo. rule allowing more ethanol in gas faces challenge

Corn
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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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Politics
8:09 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Blunt calls for simplifying fuel blends with GAS Act, weighs in on fair fiasco

Sen. Blunt speaks on the GAS Act at Fast and Friendly Fuel Stop in Ozark, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

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.

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PM Newscasts
6:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Newscast for July 17, 2013

Newscast for July 17, 2013

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 
Agriculture
3:13 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff

One of the U.S. Geological Survey teams collecting water samples and checking cages for fish eggs in Missouri this summer: biologist Diana Papoulias, chemist Dave Alvarez, hydrologist Peter Van Metre, biologist Diane Nicks and toxicologist Don Tillitt.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

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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Business Beat
5:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Why EPA and USDA are tweaking standards

USDA poultry inspection changes have been in the works for some time now.
Credit Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

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.

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Business
12:14 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

EPA approves change to state water quality standards rules

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.

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Business
4:18 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Southeast Mo. air pollution comes from miles away

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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Science, Health and Technology
8:42 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Route 66 State Park passes dioxin tests

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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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Politics
8:37 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Federal rule to reduce air polution overturned

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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.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:57 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Report: Mo, Ill. still among top power plant air pollution states as emissions reduce

(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 9:09 pm

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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Science, Health and Technology
4:40 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

New testing at Times Beach site

Route 66 state park pond.
Lee Harkness Flickr

Nearly 30 years after Times Beach, Mo., was evacuated in one of the nation's most notorious environmental disasters, scientists with the Environmental Protection Agency are returning to the site for a new round of soil sampling.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Federal, state, and local officials agree to reduce Hinkson Creek pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has called for reducing stormwater runoff into Hinkson Creek by nearly 40 percent.
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Columbia area residents and officials have started developing recommendations for cleaning up a local waterway.

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