This factsheet summarizes key points and findings from Wasting our Waterways 2012 report, which uses Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data from the EPA to look at how much toxic chemicals are dumped into our waters.
After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Missouri report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report uses FEMA data to detail the number of weather disasters that Missouri counties have experienced in recent years, and also highlights recent extreme weather events that have impacted Missouri and the nation, such as the flooding of southeast Missouri the summer of 2011. The report offers policy recommendations for the United States to take steps in reducing global warming pollution.
This is a helpful factsheet that outlines key points in our recent report, "In the Path of the Storm." It outlines major findings on recent weather-related disasters in Missouri, summerizes how global warming will likely impact extreme weather, and recaps the report's policy recommendations.
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. New EPA standards will limit mercury pollution and protect public health and the environment.