News Release | Environment Missouri

Senator McCaskill Helps Senate Reject Rollback of Mercury Standards

In a victory for Missourians’ health and environment, the U.S. Senate today rejected a bill which would have allowed power plants to continue spewing toxic mercury pollution into our air.  The bill, S.J. Res. 37 introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), would have put up to 11,000 American lives at risk every year. Senator McCaskill voted against this dangerous proposal.

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EPA Proposes Life-Saving Soot Pollution Standards

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed updated air quality standards for particulate matter or “soot” pollution.  Soot pollution is the deadliest of the common air pollutants, causing hundreds of premature deaths every year in Missouri through a variety of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.

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2 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Missouri’s Waterways

This morning, Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center released Wasting Our Waterways, a new report which shows that facilities discharged over 2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Missouri’s waterways in 2010. Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, and developmental and reproductive disorders. In 2010, the Mississippi River was the second worst waterway in the nation. The Meramec River watershed was the twelfth worst watershed in the nation in terms of reproductive toxins in 2010. Enviroment Missouri urges the Obama Administration to act quickly to restore Clean Water Act protections to our streams and to turn the tide against toxic pollution of our waterways.

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Missouri Officials Press Obama Administration for Clean Water

This month, over thirty locally elected leaders from Missouri called on the Obama Administration to implement strong new protections for the state’s great waters, from the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers to our wild Ozark streams. Mayors, city councilman and aldermen, county commissioners, and state representatives and senators from across the state collaborated with Environment Missouri to send a letter to President Obama, urging him to act quickly to protect our state’s rivers.

News Release | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Every Missouri County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

This morning, Environment Missouri released a new report, "In the Path of the Storm." After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, the report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, every county in Missouri has been hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2006.