Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"100s Of Children Diagnosed With Lead Poisoning In St. Louis Each Year"

"The city of St. Louis has been working to reduce lead poisoning since the health department introduced a lead program in the 1940s. Since that time great strides have been made. But the danger of exposure to lead still exists in the city, and screenings reveal more than a thousand cases of elevated blood lead levels each year."

Source: St. Louis Public Radio, 03/18/2014

"Register Investigation: Iowa's Asbestos Inspectors Overloaded"

"A contractor’s complaint has prompted closer scrutiny of possible asbestos exposure involving workers at a downtown Des Moines renovation project, but an inspector doesn’t even visit hundreds of sites across Iowa each year where workers could face risks from the cancer-causing material."

Source: Des Moines Register, 03/03/2014

"Industry in North Dakota to Cut Flared Natural Gas"

"HOUSTON — Faced with growing criticism and lawsuits, an oil industry task force representing hundreds of companies in North Dakota pledged on Wednesday to make an all-out effort to capture almost all the natural gas that is being flared in the Bakken shale oil field by the end of the decade."

Source: NY Times, 01/30/2014


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