Department of Natural Resources

Endangered Turtle Missing from DeKalb County Forest PreserveA male Blanding's turtle that scientists with Northern Illinois University have been tracking for about two years has gone missing from the Afton Forest Preserve, according to officials.
Former DNR Official Issues Open Letter About Handling of Burning Bridgeton LandfillDan Norris, director of air sampling efforts around the Bridgeton landfill from 2012 through 2014, has issued an open letter claiming politics - not science - is dominating the state's handling of the landfill crisis.
New Concerns About the Bridgeton Landfill FireThe state Department of Natural Resources is sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking for more information on where the fire is in relation to buried nuclear waste.
Industry to Seek Changes in 'Fracking' RulesSupporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.
Washington Landfill Trash Can Stay, Pending Soil TestA landfill in Washington, Mo., is overflowing, but the city might not have to move the excess trash, after all. City administrator Jim Briggs says after how bad the ordor was in Bridgeton, he really doesn't want to have to move it.
State Investigating Fish Kill after Chemical SpillState officials are investigating to determine if a massive fish kill and a bad odor that hung over a southwest Missouri town was caused by a chemical from a Tyson Foods plant that disrupted a wastewater treatment plant and fouled a stream.
Lawmakers Urged to Prohibit Regulation on Wood-Burning HeatersThe Department of Natural Resources would be prohibited from regulating wood burning heaters and appliances under a proposed measure.
Franklin County Coal Ash Landfill Hearings SetA three-day state hearing on Ameren Missouri's planned coal ash landfill in Franklin County starts Monday in Jefferson City.
Dozens Of Dead Ducks Found At Carlyle Lake; Police Search For PoacherAn investigation is underway of the illegal killing of more than 30 ducks at Carlyle Lake.
Bridgeton Landfill Owners Add More Tarp To Quell SmellYou can hear the gas extraction pumps hissing in rhythm from the giant, tarp-covered landfill. No smoke is showing but residents like Karen Nickel say some days the odor is still awful.
Judge Blocks Permit For Missouri Horse Slaughter PlantRains Natural Meats wants to operate the facility near Gallatin, but Cole County Judge Daniel Green wants to hear a lawsuit filed against DNR before allowing the critical permit.
EPA Says It's Moving Ahead With West Lake Landfill TestsThere are those who disagree with the notion that the West Lake waste doesn't constitute a public health risk. Many of those dissenters plan to protest Wednesday morning.

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