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This week in #MOwater: Coal ash, road salt brine and new water research from MS&T

Posted in: News- Dec 02, 2014 No Comments

State

Sewer Treatment: New EPA/DNR regulations could lead to higher bills
Statewide

With the addition of 115,732 miles of protected streams, along with tougher  limits on levels of ammonia allowed in treated wastewater discharges, Missouri’s  sewer treatment plants will have to invest a significant amount of money to make  improvements.

Rural drinking water: MS&T researcher screening contaminants
Rolla

Disinfectants used in water treatment operations could generate harmful byproducts that are unregulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But Danielle West, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, is screening Missouri drinking water for contaminants and seeking new treatment techniques that could minimize — or even eliminate — those byproducts.

Coal Ash: Advocates hope federal rules spur oversight in Missouri
Labadie Bottoms

Missouri environmental advocates who have fought for stricter oversight of coal ash waste are eagerly awaiting the mid-December release of new federal rules that will require, for the first time, detailed data. (For some deep coverage of this issue in another part of the country, be sure to check out “The Spill at Dan River” on PBS.)

Nature School, etc.: City moves forward on ‘green infrastructure’ plan
Columbia

The Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri, in partnership with the city of Columbia, Boone County and several state and federal agencies, is moving forward on a green infrastructure plan that calls for a nature-based school at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, a 30-mile loop trail around the city and other amenities.

Nation

Salt Brine: rock salt alternative use on roads debated
New York

Many environmentalists are increasingly raising red flags about the use of salt water on highways — and they’re particularly unhappy when the brine is a by-product of oil and gas production.