Tuesday, July 23, 2013
At the St. Louis waterfront, in the shadow of the arch, Mister and Miss Toxic Water showed what they are made of. And that is dangerous pollution.
Ameren Missouri's Meramec and Sioux coal fired power plants were crowned "Mister and Miss Toxic Water" by members of the Missouri Sierra Club on Monday, July 23, 2013. The mock beauty pageant (which included a HAZMAT swimsuit competition) coincides with the release of a report from the Sierra Club, Environmental Justice and Environmental Integrity Project that highlights coal pollution in public waterways.
Sixteen out of 18 Missouri coal plants have no limits on what they can dump into waters, including mercury, arsenic and lead, according to Missouri Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign organizer Sara Edgar. The Labadie plant was recognized as one of the worst toxic polluters in the country, she said.
Sierra Club members want to see updated, stronger laws controlling what coal plants can emit.
The beauty pageant, which was held on the Missouri riverfront near the Gateway Arch, is representative of their plight.
"You wouldn't be able to have a regular swimsuit competition here," Edgar said.