Slow Food St. Louis' monthly discussion about our local food system is tonight at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337). September's topic is farming and fracking and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on small rural farms. See also: Missouri Botanical Garden Celebra ... More >>
Officials with Walmart pleaded guilty this week to mishandling hazardous materials at retail stores in Missouri and California -- and as a result will have to pay a total of more than $110 million in fines to resolve these cases. The company, authorities say, violated a slew of federal and state env ... More >>
Is Missouri congresswoman Ann Wagner a climate change denier? Organizing for Action-Missouri, the nonprofit offshoot of Barack Obama's reelection campaign, is staging a protest today to pressure Wagner to acknowledge that climate change is real. Why Wagner? The group says that the Missouri Republi ... More >>
Don't feel too guilty about not finishing your nachos at Busch Stadium. Chances are the leftover chips (and other half-eaten scraps) will make their way to St. Louis Composting for use as lawn and garden food. A similar second chance exists for unsold food at the ballpark. It is donated to Operati ... More >>
Got drugs? The city of St. Louis wants 'em. In an effort to curb medication abuse, city officials are partnering this week with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage residents to remove "dangerous, unused and unwanted medications" from their ho ... More >>
It's been six months since all St. Louis households have had access to curbside recycling via those blue alley dumpsters or roll-out bins. And already city officials say they're seeing a huge uptick in the amount of waste diverted from landfills. Though there is definitely room for improvement.
The good news: When it comes to toxic air pollution, Missouri is not the worst! The bad news: We're among the twenty most worstest. According to a report just released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Missouri comes in #15 on a list of the 20 states most polluted by coal-fired power plants. ... More >>
Starting this afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency will be back on the former site of Times Beach for a trip down memory lane. Armed with new testing techniques, EPA scientists will collect soil samples in a pilot of new dioxin testing techniques. But spokesperson Chris Whitley says that ... More >>
Missouri's interminable dioxin problem is alive and oozing in Wildwood. The latest controversy is over the Environmental Protection Agency official who's been working for decades on cleaning up the dioxin contamination of Times Beach and more recently assessing the Wildwood development site of Stre ... More >>
Music and environmentally geared celebrations seem like a good fit. They bring people together, and both have been described at one point or another as hippie activities. The brains behind St. Louis's Earth Day Festival know this. The festival -- the third largest of its kind in the country -- begin ... More >>
Paying for recycling services is not optional, says the Missouri Appellate Court.A group of St. Louis County residents has lost another round in its effort to opt out of a recycling service -- and the quarterly fees that go with it.Today's appeals court decision is the latest (and possibly final) ... More >>
A chemical manufacturing plant in Louisiana, Missouri, just north of St. Louis, failed to properly monitor for leaks of hazardous air pollutants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency charges -- leading to a $245,521 fine. The settlement was filed in federal court this morning, four years ... More >>
Floods, like the one that took acres of farmland along the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers this spring, will become even more common, the NRDC warns.A new report from the National Resources Defense Council predicts all sorts of holy hell triggered by climate change, and St. Louis is ... More >>
A report out yesterday ranks metropolitan St. Louis as one of the most "toxic" (i.e. polluted) cities in the nation. The study by Forbes.com looked at cities based on five factors: air quality, water quality, the number of nearby Superfund sites, amount of days when the air-quality index (AQI) ex ... More >>
Luetkemeyer: Insert tinfoil hat above.Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-9th District) is proud of his view that global warming is a myth. So proud, in fact, that last weekend he attached a provision onto a budget bill that would ban the United States from funding the Intergovernmental Panel on Cl ... More >>
This just in from City Hall: On Jan. 17, 6,000 lucky St. Louisans will be the recipients of brand new eco-friendly light bulbs. Mayor Slay is scheduled to appear at a press conference this afternoon to announce a new initiative touting energy consumption, co-sponsored by Ameren Missouri. As ... More >>
In clowns we trust -- God help us.Congressman John Shimkus has won his second election of the month. On November 2 voters in southwestern Illinois elected the Republican from Collinsville to his seventh term in Congress. And, over the weekend, Daily RFT voted Shimkus their Ass Clown of the ... More >>
Rep. John Shimkus: Dinosaurs loved carbon, too. The man who wants to be chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee overseeing the nation's environmental regulation says a comment he made in a hearing last year was taken out of context. The Republican from Collinsville, Illinois, was speakin ... More >>
image viaIt's alive!!! Sorry, it's just a Living Building.The Living Learning Center at Washington University's Tyson Research Center has just been designated one of the first the first two Living Buildings by the International Living Building Institute (ILBI), the most rigorous green buildi ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergDoe Run smelter in Herculaneum.The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that St. Louis-based Doe Run -- North America's largest lead producer -- has agreed to spend approximately $65 million to correct violations of environmental laws at ten of its lead mining ... More >>
Image viaBy contrast, coal accounts for more than 80 percent of Missouri's energy. For many environmentalists, the phrase "clean coal" is a contradiction in terms on par with military intelligence and jumbo shrimp. But to the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washi ... More >>
Missouri Coalition for the EnvironmentPeruque Creek running through Warren and St. Charles counties is an example of an "unclassified" waterway.The Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday in federal court in Jefferson City alleging t ... More >>
Coming to a neighborhood near you!Just got off the phone with a couple of city officials who tell Daily RFT that St. Louis is indeed going forward with curbside recycling. The recycling service will be part of the new pay service for trash pickup that the city is implementing to offset budget sho ... More >>
Image courtesy of Margaret Bour Common Chesterfield recyclablesLast October, the RFT detailed a neighborhood dispute between the Parkway School District and the residents of a white-collar subdivision in Chesterfield. The school district said it recycled more than 1,300 tons of trash each ... More >>
Image viaEven Alfalfa is smiling about yesterday's ruling on alfalfa.Gut Check hasn't read much case law since our high-school debate career ended and our briefcase (and trophies!) went into storage in our parents' garage. However, we were fairly certain that when the Supreme Court issued a rulin ... More >>
'Cause we don't want our alleys looking like this.Mayor Francis Slay's office today announced that St. Louis is resuming twice-weekly trash pick up effective immediately. In an effort to save money, the city began a trial once-a-week trash pick up program last November that affected about 40 per ... More >>
Image sourceJonathan Katz describes himself as "a homophobe and proud"Washington University physics professor Jonathan Katz is part of a five-man team of the nation's "best scientific minds" assembled by the Obama administration to help BP stem the flow of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. He' ... More >>
Sludge: Not just for breakfast anymore.The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it has issued an order against Fresh and Clean Restrooms for failure to apply sewage sludge in compliance with Clean Water Act regulations. According to the EPA, the porta-potty company from southeast Mis ... More >>
Joe WashingtonThe former chief of the Northeast Ambulance & Fire Protection District was sentenced today to one year of probation for violating the Clean Air Act.Joe Washington pleaded guilty in December for violating EPA regulations when he had asbestos removed last year from the fire distri ... More >>
reedypress.comCorrigan says everything in Missouri is political, even the weather. Is global warming real?Finally, somebody has asked the experts. Thank you, Don Corrigan, editor and co-publisher of the Webster-Kirkwood and South County Times newspapers. In his new book, Show Me Nature's Wrath, a ... More >>
The report from the Environmental Protection Agency is hardly shocking. Yesterday the agency released test results indicating that as many as one-third of properties situated within a mile of the company's lead smelter in Herculaneum contain lead at levels exceeding 400 parts per million (ppm) -- th ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/cottergarageA Granite City sunrise.Parts of Madison County, Illinois, have the second-most poisonous air in the country, according to a new report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most alarming was one particular Granite City neighborhood, located near U.S. Steel Corp ... More >>
Another number to add to today's eco-friendly playlist: "Earth Day" by Wafeek, from The Aristocrats Mixtape, released at the end of last year (and covered in this article from the RFT). MP3: Wafeek, "Earth Day" Anyone who gives a damn about the environment knows local is always ... More >>
Bookplate reviews new(ish) food- and drink-related books. The Whale Warriors by Peter Heller isn't, technically, a book about food, but it's a book anyone concerned about the sustainability of what we eat should read. Its subject is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an organization founded and ... More >>
Environmentalists decry the expansion of a gigantic Illinois landfill.
Combat it with cool, cool ice
St. Louis is way behind the recycling curve. Don't expect that to change.
Proposed cement plant in Ste. Genevieve would be foreign to our lungs
A giant quarry and the world's largest cement kiln are being welcomed by Ste. Genevieve County. But the operation may leave St. Louis gasping for air.
From the top of Mount Milam to the depths of the Pit with the people who take out St. Louis' garbage
A North St. Louis medical-waste incinerator has spewed dioxin for a decade. Nearby residents say it's time to fight the fire.
Challenged by pro-business groups more interested in profit than in clean air, attorney Lewis C. Green fights to make the government enforce its own air-quality standards
One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.