Latest Missouri Department of Natural Resources Stories

2008-10-01 15:00:44

To: ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS Contact: Chad Bulman of MEEA, +1-312-587-8390, ext. 18, cbulman@mwalliance.org JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizations across Missouri are looking to the bright idea of energy-efficient lighting as a way to help residents keep their energy costs down. Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia Water & Light, Crawford Electric Cooperative, Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE), Independence Power & Light, KCP&L, the Missouri...

2008-09-17 09:00:00

By Ray Scherer CAMERON, Mo. -- Brain tumor patient Steve Helms wants to know the root cause of his continual tiredness and life-threatening condition. A team of federal and state government employees descended on Cameron Monday in a bid to ascertain an answer for Mr. Helms and others in the area -- both victims of tumors and their family members. "They haven't really answered anything yet," Mr. Helms said between chores on his 40-acre farm just north of the city. "I'm losing all the...

2008-08-04 06:00:22

By Ray Scherer, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. Aug. 4--The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is extending a waiver regarding the operations of certain concentrated animal feeding operations in northern Missouri because of recent flooding. The waiver permits the CAFOs, as known by their acronym, to discharge wastewater from their lagoons and land application process. The department is allowing such discharges to prevent lagoons from experiencing a catastrophic failure due to the...

2008-08-01 18:00:16

By KEN MIDKIFF Flat Branch doesn't exist. That's according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and its policy-making body, the Missouri Clean Water Commission. Neither does Brush Creek, which flows through Crown Center Plaza in Kansas City. Same with River Des Peres in St. Louis. And similar streams in Springfield, Joplin and other cities in Missouri. These nonexistent streams total about 80,000 miles. Or at least these don't exist as far as protection of water quality goes,...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

After overwhelming public response concerning recommendations for stream recreational use designations, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is extending a public comment period. At issue is the classification of streams across Missouri as being suitable for "whole body contact recreation," or swimming. In 2005, the Missouri Clean Water Commission amended state standards to designate nearly all streams as suitable for swimming, and DNR subsequently conducted analysis on a specific...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

By KAT HUGHES The city of Columbia received data this week from a recent round of tests of water in its distribution system, and the news was not good. Water tests near Prathersville showed that the average level of trihalomethanes has increased about 9 percent from its previous average, which was above standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Trihalomethanes are a carcinogenic byproduct formed when chlorine used to disinfect drinking water interacts with organic...

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