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This week in #MOwater: Water policy and privatization nationwide

Posted in: News- Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Landfill Approval: DNR granted coal ash construction permit, some silver lining for environmentalists
Labadie Bottoms

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources granted a crucial construction permit Friday for the 167-acre landfill, which would serve Ameren Missouri’s Labadie power plant, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. In an apparent nod to state activists, the DNR permit will require Ameren to comply with new federal rules governing coal ash, which have yet to take effect.

MDC Funding: Missouri Conservation official worried proposals could gut Department’s funds
Jefferson City

Two legislative proposals have been filed that in their current form would jeopardize 85 percent of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s budget.  HJR 8 would ask voters to change the Constitution to eliminate the conservation sales tax, which generates around $110 million.  Senate Bill 56 would eliminate the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping permits to Missouri residents, which generates up to $40 million in revenue and federal aid.

Leachate: Officials voice concern of wastewater pipeline from Bridgeton Landfill
St. Ann

St. Ann Alderwoman Amy Poelker, who requested the meeting, read a long list of concerns raised by her constituents. Their questions ranged from whether the wastewater — or leachate, as it’s known — would be tested for radioactivity, to whether Republic Services would be responsible for any potential leaks. In another article by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, health risks from the Westlake Landfill are still unclear.

Nation

Water Policy: H2O sees new attention in state politics
Kansas

The year is also expected to bring an intense, renewed focus on the state’s most vital resource. The severe drought in southwest Kansas, the ongoing demand for irrigation water and scary reports from bone-dry California are putting new pressure on policymakers to finalize a 50-year plan for protecting the state’s above- and below-ground water supplies.

Water Privatization: State Poised to Pass Legislation
New Jersey

A bill awaiting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s signature will make privatizing municipal water systems easier and let “corporate profits replace meeting the needs of consumers and the environment,” critics charge.

Navajo: For many in the nation, a visit from ‘the water lady’ is a refreshing sight
New Mexico

Arviso hauls water for tribe members of the Navajo Nation, where, on average, residents use 7 gallons a day to drink, cook, bathe and clean. The average person in the U.S. uses 100 gallons a day.