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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

Americans will consume less oil, create less smog and cut our global warming emissions, thanks to Clean Cars rules our national federation helped implement in 14 states. Those state victories paved the way for President Obama to announce new nationwide clean car standards in 2011, which amount to the single biggest step this country has taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center

Missouri's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center's new report on airborne mercury emissions from power plants shows that Missouri power plants emit more mercury pollution than those in 46 other states.  The Ameren Labadie Energy Center in Franklin County is the nation's 2nd worst mercury emitting power plant. Mercury is a potent neurotoxicant. Mercury exposure during critical periods of brain development can contribute to irreversible deficits in verbal skills, damage to attention and motor control, and reduced IQ.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center

Danger in the Air

Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center's new report shows that St. Louis now ranks as the 7th smoggiest large metropolitan area in the country.  Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center

Top 10 Scary Facts About the Missouri River

While the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween costumes disappear after October 31st, the very real and very scary problems facing the Missouri River are not going anywhere. Agricultural runoff, irresponsible development, and industrial waste are all contributing to a river that is filled with toxic chemicals.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research & Policy Center

The Best of America Under Threat From Under Funding

Even as more people are visiting our national parks, like the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, operating budgets for the majority of national parks are at risk of being cut. Nearly three-quarters of parks that saw an increase in visitorship last year face a budget cut in the next fiscal year. As America’s greatest places are becoming more popular destinations, now is the time to ensure that national parks have the resources they need to sustain valuable visitor programs and services, maintain the quality of park facilities, ensure safety and promote park stewardship.

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