Allison Kite

Allison Kite

Allison Kite is a data reporter for The Missouri Independent and Kansas Reflector, with a focus on the environment and agriculture. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she’s covered state government in both Topeka and Jefferson City, and most recently was City Hall reporter for The Kansas City Star.

Missouri environmentalists worry bill undermines law meant to boost renewable energy

By: - April 13, 2022

Environmental advocates are raising concerns that a Missouri law enacted last year to speed up utilities’ transition to renewable energy may soon be changed to make it easier for companies to keep coal plants partially open.  Last year, Missouri and Kansas enacted laws allowing electric utilities to “securitize” aging coal plants and retire them early […]

Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of Midwestern kids

By: and - April 11, 2022

When the pediatrician recommended Lisa Pascoe have her then-toddler tested for lead poisoning, she thought there was no way he could be at risk. Everything in her South St. Louis home had been remodeled. But then the nurse called to say her son’s blood lead level was dangerously high — five times the level federal […]

Missouri Senate committee takes up bill targeting Grain Belt Express transmission line

By: - April 5, 2022

The Missouri Senate is poised to take up a long-running effort to stymie the Grain Belt Express, a massive transmission line meant to carry wind energy from southwest Kansas across three states.  The $2 billion project would carry 4,000 megawatts of energy, dropping some off in Missouri before ending at the Illinois-Indiana border. It’s been […]

Missouri House bill would cut down on poisonous lead in school drinking water

By: and - March 29, 2022

Missouri children would be better protected from lead poisoning under a state legislative bill to  require schools to nearly rid their drinking water of the dangerous toxin. The bill, heard Monday by the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, would require schools to test drinking water, remove old coolers and filter water where lead is […]

As CAFO lawsuit heads to Missouri Supreme Court, counties weigh options

By: - March 21, 2022

As a fight over who can regulate industrial hog and cattle operations awaits action by the Missouri Supreme Court, counties that sought more stringent protections against them wait in limbo.  The Missouri Supreme Court is expected to hear an appeal by county commissioners who sought to regulate concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, after a […]

Bill targeting St. Louis-area EV charging mandates clears Missouri House

By: - March 10, 2022

A bill meant to tie the hands of St. Louis-area officials who want to require building owners to install electric vehicle chargers cleared the Missouri House Thursday.  If passed, it would prohibit cities from passing building codes requiring businesses to install chargers unless the municipalities pay. “I’m all for electric cars. Bring them on. I […]

Missouri fines CAFO $18,000 for polluting streams with 300,000 gallons of waste

By: - March 9, 2022

Regulators ordered an industrial hog farm in northern Missouri to pay more than $18,000 for spilling 300,000 gallons of manure into miles of nearby streams.  An advocate for environmentally responsible agriculture called that “pathetic,” noting the fine amounted to less than $0.04 per gallon of waste spilled.  “You’re talking about a multi-billion dollar, multinational company […]

Missouri bill that would weaken hazardous waste rules returns for another year

By: - March 4, 2022

A GOP lawmaker is once again working to reel in what he sees as overly aggressive enforcement of hazardous waste laws by Missouri regulators he contends are “terrifying” small businesses in his district. But critics say the change would put Missourians at greater risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals.  “The people of Missouri are not […]

Beef processing facility near KC in violation of Missouri regulations for polluting waters

By: - February 22, 2022

A beef processing facility 40 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City polluted at least a mile of nearby streams and allowed septic tanks of sewage and entrails to overflow, state regulators found this month.  The facility, the former site of a beef operation that neighbors felt threatened a nearby botanical garden, was referred on Feb. […]

Ameren Missouri to acquire its largest solar farm to date

By: - February 22, 2022

Despite plans to invest in its largest solar facility ever, it’s unclear whether Ameren Missouri will keep up with ambitious goals for investments in renewable energy over the next few years.  Ameren is working to purchase a solar farm under development in southern Illinois for use by its Missouri customers. The electric utility, the largest […]

Spire ‘created unnecessary panic and confusion’ with warnings of gas outages, regulators say

By: - February 14, 2022

Spire Missouri’s warnings that St. Louis customers could be left without heat this winter if the company’s affiliated pipeline shut down were misleading, left out key context and heightened public panic, an investigation by state regulators concluded.  But staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission won’t pursue a complaint against the natural gas utility because […]

Missouri bills would offer incentives for grocery stores, urban farms to eliminate food deserts

By: - February 7, 2022

The closure of Save A Lot in Pagedale left a hole in northern St. Louis County.  Beyond Housing, a community building group that serves about two dozen cities in the area, had worked through the Great Recession to bring a grocery store closer to low-income residents in a part of the St. Louis area dotted […]