Monthly Archives: March 2011

Air and water quality violations from Muscatine plant forwarded to Iowa environmental commission

The state environmental commission will soon discuss how to address the repeated violations of one of Iowa’s biggest polluters. The Muscatine Journal reports: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking to refer air-quality and wastewater violations by Grain Processing … Continue reading

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Industrial Muscatine continues to struggle with air pollution, health affects

This story, originally published by Midwest Energy News, was republished under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. Midwest Energy News is a daily collection of the top energy stories of importance to the region. Its objective is to keep stakeholders, … Continue reading

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CGRER researcher helps trace China’s wavering air quality

Beijing spent more than $10 billion to improve its air quality some 30% during the 2008 Olympic Games. Just one year later 60% of those improvements had been erased, according to a new study co-authored by a CGRER researcher. Naresh … Continue reading

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Radiation from Japanese disaster has not hit Iowa, officials say

Though monitors in Iowa recently detected an increase in radiation, the elevated level cannot be linked to the nuclear disaster in Japan, nor is it dangerous, the Iowa Department of Health says. The Des Moines Register reports: Levels in Iowa … Continue reading

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DNR: winter fish kills in Iowa linked to Mother Nature, not people

As Iowa continues its spring thaw, the Department of Natural Resources has received many reports of dead fish in lakes and ponds across the state. Though some past fish kills in Iowa have been linked to polluted waters, these ones … Continue reading

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Grinnell College to host water quality symposium

On April 6-7, Grinnell College’s Center for Prairie Studies will co-sponsor a symposium analyzing “Iowa’s Troubled Waters: the Challenges of Quality and Quantity.” The symposium, also hosted by the college’s Luce Program in Nations and the Global Environment, will explore … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Charles City – Paving a more sustainable Iowa

Listen to this week’s radio segment on the green efforts of Charles City, a Northeast Iowa town of about 8,000. Read more about the project here, or check out the report below. 

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Iowa Flood Center unveils new online flood mapping system

  On Wednesday – when fears of record flooding brought the all-too-familiar site of sandbags back to Davenport – the Iowa Flood Center unveiled an online system that will help Iowans to better understand the risks and the impacts of future … Continue reading

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EPA will drill wells in Le Mars to look for century-old contaminants in drinking water

The EPA will soon revisit Le Mars to continue its over decade-long look at the impact of the town’s industrial past on its present day drinking water. EPA officials will drill three study wells into the Dakota aquifer on the … Continue reading

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Records aren’t flawless, but nuclear plants near Iowa likely safe

Are Iowa’s nearby nuclear power plants safe? For the most part, yes. Though the reactors in Iowa and those near our border have occasionally violated federal regulations, redundant safety systems have generally kept them operating safely and none have received … Continue reading

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