Environmental Public Health

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    CNBC: Missouri Is the 3rd Worst State to Live In

    Only Tennessee and Oklahoma are worse states than Missouri to live in, according to a ranking from CNBC. The new ranking puts Missouri toward the top of a list of "quality of life laggards" struggling with high crime rates, few local attractions, poor healthcare and the environment.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Radioactive Snow? South St. Louis Man Busts Out Geiger Counter, Gets Worrying Results

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Carter Carburetor Site Cleanup Approved; Rep. Cites History of "Environmental Racism"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Bridgeton Landfill: Really Awful Smell Not A Health Hazard, But Still Stinky, Officials Say

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    There's Poop in the Drinking Water at Some Missouri State Parks! Doesn't Anyone Care?

    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 >>

  • Culture

    November 15, 2012
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    June 5, 2012

    Thirty Years After Dioxin Disaster, EPA Returns to Times Beach

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    St. Louis Air: Still Polluted, But Showing Improvement

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Jury: Former Owners of Doe Run Lead Smelter Must Pay Families $38 Million

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    BPA's Effects Are Underestimated, Mizzou Study Says

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Missouri Suit Alleges False Claims on Dial Complete Handsoap

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    St. Louis Ranked Eighth Most Toxic City

    ​A report out yesterday ranks metropolitan St. Louis as one of the most "toxic" (i.e. polluted) cities in the nation. The study by 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    It's All Over: Hello, Fall

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Oh Crap: Millions of Gallons of Raw Sewage Leaking Into Mississippi River South of St. Louis?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Doe Run Lead Smelter Continues to Contaminate Herculaneum

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Breathe Uneasy: St. Louis Ranked Worst City for Asthma

    The 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, poverty rate, and smoking laws. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2009

    CSI: Zoo

    While you sleep, they work

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.29

    A new report faults the FDA for finding bisphenol A, used in food packaging, as safe. (AP) Calorie counting is in vogue again. (New York Times) How not to smuggle chorizo from Mexico into the U.S. (The Monitor) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.18

    The FDA finds that the chemical bisphenol A does not pose any risk in food containers. (AP) The news that Gut Check has been expecting: Food poisoning strikes U.S. athletes in China. (New York Times) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives $17.6 million to fight world hunger. (Seattle Times) - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Study: St. Louis Among Most Polluted in the Country

    The American Lung Association released its semi-annual ''State of the Air'' report recently, ranking the cleanest and most polluted cities in the country. How did St. Louis fare? Predictably bad. Today, June 11, 2008, is a Yellow Air Quality day in the city of St. Louis. Th ... More >>

  • News

    April 30, 2008
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    February 28, 2008

    Annual Missouri Fish Advisory

    Photo: Jennifer Silverberg The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has released its 2008 Fish Consumption Advisory for Missouri waterways. The pertinent disclaimer follows: The 2008 consumption guidelines are based on the most recent fish sampling information available. Because not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2007


    www.ewg.orgIn a town thirsty for good news, it's no surprise Mayor Francis Slay is crowing about St. Louis' latest triumph. What's the cause for celebration? The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently named St. Louis as the city with the "Best Tasting City Water in America." Take that, Cahokia! But be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Broad Strokes for Lead Paint Folks

    The City of St. Louis could make case law if it can convince the Missouri Supreme Court it has a right to sue paint manufacturers over lead poisoning -- even if the city isn't sure which companies are to blame. The suit, filed against Benjamin Moore & Co., Millennium Chemicals, NL Industries, XBD I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2004

    Get Well Soon, Jimmy

    And get the lead out

  • News

    January 16, 2002

    Guarding Angel

    Week of January 16, 2002

  • News

    December 26, 2001

    Heavy-Metal Racket

    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.

  • News

    April 26, 2000

    Two Steps Forward

    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

  • News

    April 19, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of April 19, 2000

  • News

    April 12, 2000

    The Lead Menace

    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.

  • News

    April 12, 2000

    A Tale of Two States

    Missouri could learn from Massachusetts, a model for how to get the lead out