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Public Health

  • 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
  • Blogs

    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

    April 4, 2012

    St. Louis City: Fat, Drunk, VD-Ridden and Unhappy, but Still Loveable

    The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson  Foundation released its County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report, and it paints a very unflattering portrait of St. Louis City residents. For the third year running, STL proper is the least healthy place to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    County Health Department Releases Open Letter Ahead of Farmers' Market Meeting

    Last month, the St. Louis County Council began considering changes to the regulations governing farmers' markets. Clayton Farmers' Market master Deb Henderson has been an outspoken critic of the proposed new rules, telling Gut Check "if [the county] rewrites a definition of of a farmers' market and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Missouri Workers Exceed National Average for Secondhand Smoke Exposure

    ​Nearly 12 percent of Missouri workers are exposed to secondhand smoke on their jobs, according a study published this week by the Center for Disease Control. That's nearly double the national average of around 7 percent. The survey used data collected from all Missouri counties in 2007 and 2008. ... 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 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 >>

  • 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

    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. cleanair-stlouis.com Today, June 11, 2008, is a Yellow Air Quality day in the city of St. Louis. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    Waterworld

    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 >>

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