Before you jump into foot-high snow banks, make a snow angel or catch a flake on your tongue, Michael Janitch has something he wants you to see. The south St. Louis man has been measuring radioactivity levels on his own in his back yard, and when it snows, he says, levels jump up dramatically.
The highly polluted former Carter Carburetor site in north St. Louis is slated for a $30 million cleanup project that will begin next month, officials announced today. The site is a ten-acre complex of buildings covering two city blocks along North Spring Avenue, where a gasoline and diesel carbur ... More >>
Last month, we reported on the really awful smell in Bridgeton, Missouri that was so bad, residents said the terrible stench had invaded their homes and was causing their eyes to burn. Soon after the media attention, the company behind the landfill said it was "very sorry" and that it would work to ... More >>
A national environmental group is calling for a federal review of drinking-water quality at Missouri's state parks, citing a failure to perform federally mandated testing, as well as repeated instances of contamination with coliform bacteria, including E. coli. For the uninitiated, when science typ ... 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 >>
The American Lung Association released its State of the Air report, and St. Louis once again ranked in the top ten for year-round particle pollution, coming in as the tenth most-polluted city out of the 277 metropolitan areas measured -- that's not good. However, the data shows that since 2003-2005 ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergWarnings outside the Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum.A trial lasting three months wrapped up today in St. Louis Circuit Court with a jury awarding 16 plaintiffs $38.5 million in compensatory damages for lead poisoning they sustained living next to a Herculaneum smelter. M ... More >>
BPA can be found in common plastics such as the ones used to make water bottles.What's that in your hand? A Dasani bottle? Are you eating out of Tupperware as you read this? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you might not want to read about a recent study conducted at the Univ ... More >>
St. Louis woman Michelle Carter alleges that a misleading ad campaign convinced her to give Dial's Complete Foaming Antibacterial Hand Wash a try.A St. Louis woman filed suit in federal court Friday -- alleging that the Dial Corporation made "false and misleading" claims while selling her its foa ... 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 >>
She's alone in the new pollution...Even though it's been soupy-hot for the last few days, and should be again tomorrow, summer is officially over as of today. And if you commute on I-64, you've seen a very clear sign of fall -- or rather, the lack of a sign.The St. Louis Science Center's walkway ... More >>
Ready for some crappy news? The Missouri Department of Natural Resources just sent out a news release informing the public that raw sewage has been flowing into the Mississippi River at a rate of up to 4.6 million gallons per day since June 24. The spill is reportedly the result of a mechanical fail ... 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/wheatfieldsThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently came out with its annual ranking of worst cities for asthma. Leading the list is St. Louis. The study, funded by drug company AstraZeneca, took into consideration factors such as a city's air quality, pollen score, po ... More >>
While you sleep, they work
And get the lead out
Week of January 16, 2002
John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.
In the wake of controversy over the city's lagging health initiatives, the family of a lead-poisoned child wins a settlement and the city's health director steps down
Published the week of April 19, 2000
In its lawsuit, St. Louis is eager to blame the lead industry for making the area one of the most contaminated in the nation. But the city itself is guilty of doing little to prevent the poisoning of thousands of children like "Little Al" Evans.
Missouri could learn from Massachusetts, a model for how to get the lead out