8:32 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Missouri Environmental Group Sues Over Long-Term Risks Of Nuclear Waste

Ameren's Callaway Nuclear Reactor is the only commercial nuclear power plant in Missouri.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:46 pm

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is one of several groups filing suit against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to try to get the agency to address the long-term storage of nuclear waste.

That suit follows similar cases filed by the states of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota.

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Central Standard
5:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Are You Going To Eat That?

We asked Kansas Citians for their questions about food safety, and we got an earful. A food scientist answers questions about 10-year-old frozen chickens and more.
Credit Wikipedia, Creative Commons

We live in a world where there's something remarkable about a clean plate after a meal. But that's just one small piece of the food waste equation. Visits to farms, a meat processing plant, a compost heap, grocery stores and Kansas Citians' kitchens help us understand why there's so much food nobody's eating. 

For more information about food safety, check out this handy chart from the USDA.

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2:49 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Quality Check: What's In The Air Kansas City Breathes?

Leticia DeCaigny measures air quality in Kansas City, Kan., and says the rail yards in the neighborhood contribute to air quality issues.
Credit Sneebly / Flickr, Creative Commons

A recent community meeting gathered in response to high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution in neighborhoods near downtown Kansas City. What's in our air, where is it coming from, and what exactly do our lungs do with the contaminants we breathe, anyway?


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10:03 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mending Environmental Wounds In The Ozarks

Traci Angel is the author of 'The Scars of Project 459.'

The Lake of the Ozarks has been one of Missouri’s top vacation spots for decades, but now, it’s a lake in danger of being “loved to death.” Today, the lake faces pressures from unregulated development, inadequate sewage management and a poor water quality image.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a journalist about how the Lake has gotten to this point and who is trying to reverse the decline to protect it for future generations.


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Up To Date
3:22 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Impact Of EPA's Emissions Standards On Missouri And Kansas

Credit Alfred Palmer / Wikimedia Commons

The Environmental Protection Agency just released its plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and that idea is generating some heat of its own. On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske and a panel examine what the EPA standards mean for Missouri and Kansas. Both states rely heavily on coal-powered energy and face the challenge of meeting the emission cuts in the time allowed.  We’ll also look at whether alternatives like wind and solar will be catapulted to the front of the line in area energy production.

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12:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Covering Climate Change As Heat Turns Up

Reporter Justin Gillis covers the environment and climate change for the New York Times.
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When you write about climate change, you have to be able to take the heat from all sides— those who deny what scientists are saying and those who think you’re giving too many concessions to that group. 

On Up to Date, we speak with a New York Times reporter about his coverage of the environment.


  • Justin Gillis, New York Times reporter
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8:24 am
Thu November 7, 2013

New Clean Water Rules Protect More Streams And Lakes In Missouri

Missouri's new clean water standards will protect tens-of-thousands of additional miles of rivers and streams.
Credit Kelsey Proud / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Clean Water Commission has approved a sweeping regulatory overhaul of the state's water quality standards.

In a vote held Wednesday, the governor-appointed seven-person panel unanimously approved revised regulations that greatly expand the number of protected water bodies in the state. An additional 2,100 lakes and 90,000 miles of rivers and streams will gain protection under the law, including specific limits on bacteria and other pollutants.

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Central Standard
5:33 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nature In The City: Autumn Is Here

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It's starting to actually feel like fall. Daylight is slipping away sooner, mornings are brisk and nights are chilly. As the temperature starts to cool, leaves start to slowly change to those beautiful warm colors of yellow, orange and red and will soon fall to the ground. Critters scamper about preparing for who knows what kind of winter. From bird migrations, strange insects, frog populations and more, autumn is certainly making her place in Kansas City. 

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Up To Date
10:07 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Saving The Environment With Policy And Protest

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (left) and Bob McKibben (right)
Credit Concert for the Climate

If commitment was all it took to reverse global warming and stop pollution of of land, air and water, then Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Bill McKibben would be considered environmental superheroes.

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10:36 am
Mon July 22, 2013

City Lights Vs. The Night Sky

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night.

Ever look up in the sky and wondered why you can’t always see the stars?

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6:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Oil And America's Foreign Relations

Jay Hakes' book, published in 2008
Credit Jay Hakes / JayHakes.com

 America has had a long and complicated history with foreign oil, with a specific impact on our political relationships abroad.

Tuesday on Up To Date, we're joined by Jay Hakes to discuss the role that oil has played in our foreign relations. He’s an energy analyst and director of the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the author of a book about what freedom from foreign oil can do for our country. 

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8:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Iola Site Among Nine Added To Superfund List

The Superfund National Priorities List now includes nine new sites-one of them where a smelter used to operate on the east side of Iola.

The EPA says the soil on hundreds of residential and commercial properties in and around Iola is contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc. EPA Region 7 spokeswoman Dianna Whitaker says the biggest concern is lead.

“Children can get into that lead—especially young children," she says. "They put their hands in their mouths, and then they can be exposed and absorb lead, and lead is very dangerous for young children."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New Houses Shrinking By Request

Sarah Susanka

As the economy drags, the size of homes is diminishing… and it’s by consumer demand.

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6:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Fixing The Food Waste Problem


Your mother said the leftovers you threw out in your house could feed a small country… but was she really close to the truth?

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4:03 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Green Technology: Helpful Or Hurtful?

The Toyota Prius may be a more efficient mode of travel, but if we travel more miles than before, are we being environmentally friendly?

Will the latest hybrid car or light bulb really make a difference when it comes to climate change?

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Central Standard
9:12 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Building A Sustainable Community

Bridging the Gap

It's a lesson in energy conservation and resource sustainability for anyone and everyone.

First up on Wednesday’s Central Standard, we'll discuss some local efforts to help the environment. Plus, hear some tips and tricks for incorporating green habits into our daily lives.

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8:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

It's Official: UMKC Is 'Cool School'

An aerial view of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As thousands of students make their way through an academic day at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, a dedicated group steadfastly works to make environmental improvements to the campus. 

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Nature In The City: Drought Edition

Mickl Pickl Flickr

This summer's drought is affecting everyone: from farmers to daily commuters to animals. Especially animals.

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Central Standard
2:26 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Endangered Beetles Hit the Dirt

The beetles were buried with their food source, a bird carrion.
Bill Graham Missouri Department of Conservation

For the first time ever, an endangered species has been released back into Missouri prairies. The American Burying Beetle may be back on its way to thriving, though in this beetle's world, thriving means living underground and feasting on meatballs. 

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Central Standard
1:58 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Nature in the City: Summer Birds, Hiking

Peregrine Falcon
Len Blumin Flickr

In Kansas City, we humans have adapted to our hot summer days with central air, trips to the movies and Jones Pool... but how do wild animals do it?

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1:08 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Nature in the City: Songbirds, Spring Peepers & Wildflowers

KeyStroke Flickr

On this Thursday's Central Standard, we take a look at Nature in the City in it's most colorful season.

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9:57 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Alternative Energy Sources

Thin Film Solar Panels developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources? 

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4:39 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012: A Clean Environment?

Flickr: Patersor http://www.flickr.com/photos/patersor/with/3560053177/

Perhaps your New Years' resolutions include weight loss, more exercise, and being more organized.  Do they happen to include "reduce, reuse, and recycle?"  How about "I will drive less" or "I vow to take public transportation more often?"

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5:58 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Road Builders Accused of Polluting

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.

The waterways flow into Lake of the Ozarks.

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