Energy + Environment

Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

BY: - November 1, 2021

The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in […]

As EPA cracks down on ‘forever chemicals,’ Missouri to start testing drinking water

BY: - October 29, 2021

Missouri could start testing small drinking water systems for harmful “forever chemicals” by the end of the year as the federal government ramps up its own regulatory efforts.  Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Susan Bloomer said the agency would start sampling drinking water systems serving fewer than 3,300 under a grant from EPA and […]

What’s in — and out — of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]

Environmental advocates say Evergy can shutter two more coal plants within decade

BY: - October 28, 2021

KANSAS CITY — Evergy can retire two more coal-burning power plants within the decade without sacrificing affordability or massively increasing rates, environmental advocates say in a new report. The electric utility, which serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, is scheduled to stop burning coal at its Lawrence plant by the end of 2023. […]

Evergy customers in Kansas could soon get help to make homes more energy efficient

BY: - October 25, 2021

KANSAS CITY — When Ashok Gupta and his wife bought their home, adding insulation to their walls and roof and investing in energy-efficient appliances was a no-brainer knowing they would save money in the long run through lower energy bills. But Gupta, a senior energy economist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said myriad barriers […]

Offshore wind industry leaders ask Congress to back long-term plans to increase production

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making a significant push for new offshore wind development to meet ambitious climate goals, but industry leaders say they also need long-term commitments and support from Congress to reach their potential. Leaders of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry called on Congress to invest in renewables at a hearing […]

At home in Scranton, Joe Biden pitches his sprawling domestic agenda

BY: - October 21, 2021

SCRANTON, Pa. — President Joe Biden took the stage Wednesday in his childhood hometown surrounded by images of America’s infrastructure. A retired Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority railcar sitting to his far right offered an example of how neglected the country’s infrastructure has been. Its letters were barely visible. The door’s paint was scuffed and faded. […]

Permit for Ameren Missouri’s Labadie coal plant was issued lawfully, commission says

BY: - October 12, 2021

Missouri’s Clean Water Commission agreed Tuesday that environmental regulators were correct to issue a permit allowing the state’s largest coal-fired plant to discharge superheated water into the Missouri River despite environmentalists’ contention the utility operating it should invest in newer technology. The commission’s vote upheld a determination by the Administrative Hearing Commission that a permit […]

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Motorists give mixed reaction to refund plan for Missouri fuel tax hike

BY: - October 2, 2021

Pump prices for gas and diesel didn’t change much Friday in Missouri, despite being the first day of a 2.5 cents per gallon increase in the state fuel tax. The cheapest gas in the state was $2.49 a gallon in Springfield, according to GasBuddy.com.  That was unchanged from earlier in the week. The most expensive, […]

Study: More than 80% of Missouri, 60% of Kansas kids have lead in their blood

BY: - September 30, 2021

Children in Missouri had elevated levels of lead in their blood at a greater rate than almost any other state, according to a massive national study published this week.  And more than 80% of Missouri children had some level of lead in their blood.  The study, authored by doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital and Quest […]

Springfield families accuse company of contaminating drinking water with carcinogen

BY: - September 29, 2021

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims Springfield residents whose homes are supplied with well water were exposed to a chemical known to cause cancer.  Northrop Grumman, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense company, knew but failed to notify area residents for more than a decade about the extent to which trichloroethylene, or TCE, had seeped from […]

Evergy scales back plans to add solar power by 2024

BY: - September 23, 2021

Evergy will keep open part of its Lawrence, Kansas, coal plant to run occasionally on natural gas despite earlier plans to shutter it completely and fall short of earlier pledges to add massive amounts of solar power to the electric grid, the utility revealed in regulatory filings this week.  Earlier this year, Evergy filed its […]