Environmental Protection Agency

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The Ozark County Homegrown Food Project has been selected to participate in a federal initiative that promotes healthy eating and child wellness.

The initiative, called Local Foods, Local Places, selected 27 rural community projects across the country, with the purpose of helping local farmers and businesses create and improve access to smarter health options. Local efforts for the initiative will take place in Gainesville.

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Ten Missouri school districts have received federal funding to replace diesel buses with cleaner vehicles.  The $515,000 in rebates comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

One local school district is benefiting from the rebates.  Clever has received $20,000 to replace one of its buses.

According to the EPA, the new buses are more than 90 percent cleaner and reduce “pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to health problems including asthma and lung damage.” 

For the first time, the byproducts of coal-fired power plants will now be subject to federal regulation.

In a state like Missouri, which generates more than 80 percent of its electricity from coal, the new standards could have significant repercussions.

 

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.

 


Good morning, and welcome to our Sense of Community series on a three-year follow up to the largest catastrophe to hit our region in nearly a century:  the 2011 Joplin Tornado.

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