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Groups appeal to National Parks Service to protect Current, Jacks Fork rivers

Leaders of about a dozen national and state environmental and outdoor groups gathered downtown today to call on the National Park Service to rehabilitate the Current River, which lies at the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Activists Call For Clean-Up Of Current River

Activists upset about the state of the Current River presented 5,000 petition signatures to the National Park Service Tuesday, some of them symbolically written on canoe paddles.

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Defending the Ozarks

Ozark National Scenic Riverways define our state—but as trash accumulates along riverbanks and unauthorized vehicle use wrecks trails, the region becomes less welcoming to families. Environment Missouri staff have met with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to urge swift action.

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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

Americans will consume less oil, create less smog and cut our global warming emissions, thanks to Clean Cars rules our national federation helped implement in 14 states. Those state victories paved the way for President Obama to announce new nationwide clean car standards in 2011, which amount to the single biggest step this country has taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.

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Missouri's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center's new report on airborne mercury emissions from power plants shows that Missouri power plants emit more mercury pollution than those in 46 other states.  The Ameren Labadie Energy Center in Franklin County is the nation's 2nd worst mercury emitting power plant. Mercury is a potent neurotoxicant. Mercury exposure during critical periods of brain development can contribute to irreversible deficits in verbal skills, damage to attention and motor control, and reduced IQ.

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