pollution http://kcur.org en Scientists Detect High Levels Of Nitrogen In Midwest Waterways http://kcur.org/post/scientists-detect-high-levels-nitrogen-midwest-waterways <p>This spring and summer, U.S. Geological Survey scientists <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff">waded into 100 Midwest streams</a> to test for hundreds of chemicals used in farming, including nutrients, pesticides like atrazine and glyphosate, and livestock hormones. The results from the study are trickling in. But preliminary findings indicate that from May through early July, 21 percent of the region’s streams contained very high levels of nitrogen in the form of nitrates.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:59:22 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 42997 at http://kcur.org Scientists Detect High Levels Of Nitrogen In Midwest Waterways One Grant To Fund Two-City Blight Battle In Metro KC http://kcur.org/post/one-grant-fund-two-city-blight-battle-metro-kc <p></p><p>The two Kansas Cities have won a $600,000 federal grant from the Environmental&nbsp; Protection Agency to restore a score or more environmentally blighted areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The project to be called One-KC Brownfields Coalition will include hazard cleanup, urban farms, orchards and gardens.</p><p>The properties are in a swath across state line.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They lie in the central city of Kansas City Kansas and roughly bordered by&nbsp; the Missouri River and 31</span><sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:34:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40453 at http://kcur.org Ash Grove To Pay Millions In Pollution Penalties, Fixes http://kcur.org/post/ash-grove-pay-millions-pollution-penalties-fixes <p>Ash Grove Cement Company has agreed to pay a penalty, and invest $30 million in new pollution control technology at its nine manufacturing plants-one of which is in Chanute, Kan. The settlement stems from charges that Ash Grove violated the Clean Air Act.</p><p>The consent decree allows the Overland Park-based company to pay a $2.5 million penalty, and install new pollution controls at plants in nine states, without having to admit to violating air quality requirements.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:22:46 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38856 at http://kcur.org Road Builders Accused of Polluting http://kcur.org/post/road-builders-accused-polluting <p>Kansas City, KS – The Environmental Protection Agency accuses MoDOT of failing to protect streams along two highway construction jobs. Inspectors allegedly found sediment was allowed to seep into a half dozen creeks and unnamed tributaries in Camden and Wayne Counties in central Missouri.</p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 22:58:16 +0000 Dan Verbeck 7027 at http://kcur.org Reports Of Sewage Spills On The Rise http://kcur.org/post/reports-sewage-spills-rise <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d0480d4567e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d0480d4567e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d0480d4567e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-911193.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – This spring and summer, an alarming number of sewage spills are threatening local waterways. Millions of gallons of human waste have poured into rivers and lakes. And it's unclear if this is business as usual, and the public just didn't know about it before. (Pictured: The fountain in Brush Creek, where sewage often overflows during heavy rains.)</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2010 18:18:41 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 6793 at http://kcur.org Reports Of Sewage Spills On The Rise