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Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

News Release | Environment Missouri

Missouri Stakeholders Support State Effort to Develop Clean Power Plan

Key stakeholders in Missouri's Department of Natural Resources met yesterday to discuss and show support for a state plan to reduce carbon pollution.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways 2014

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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News Release | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Over 2 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Missouri's Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped 2,176,285 pounds of toxic chemicals into Missouri’s waterways in 2012, according to a new report by Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center.  The “Wasting Our Waterways” report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Missouri and across the nation.  “Missouri’s waterways should be clean – for swimming, drinking, and supporting wildlife,” said Jane Ramsay, with Environment Missouri.  “But too often, our waters have become a dumping ground for polluters.  The first step to curb this tide of toxic pollution is to restore Clean Water Act protections to all our waterways.”  The Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center’s report on toxic pollutants discharged to America’s waters is based on data reported by polluting facilities to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory for 2012, the most recent data available.

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News Release | Environment Missouri

Citizen Group responds to Current River Plan

The National Park Service’s draft General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways offers potentially tremendous improvements in protection and restoration for two of Missouri’s most beautiful rivers.  The NPS released the draft GMP on November 8th, after almost 9 years of delays.  The NPS will select one of the three alternatives presented in the draft plan and use it to guide the management of the park for the next twenty years.  Environment Missouri’s response may be found at http://environmentmissouri.org/reports/moe/official-comment-ozark-national-scenic-riverways-draft-general-management-plan.

The public can find the plan on the NPS website and may comment on the plan until February 7th, when the plan will undergo final review and approval by the NPS.  “While the NPS favors Alternative B, which they argue will provide the most balance between uses of the park, we think Alternative A—which does the most to restore the river for future generations to experience and enjoy—is the alternative that best conforms to the NPS’ original goals in establishing the park.” said Keating.  “Alternative A will close the most illegal roads, create the most miles of hiking trails, and restore more of the park to its 1964 state than the other alternatives.”

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Report | Environment Missouri

Official Comment for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways draft General Management Plan

In this official comment on the NPS' draft General Management Plan for the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways, Environment Missouri urges a plan that will provide the strongest possible protections for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

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