Missouri keeps tabs on environmental hazards

Thursday, July 23, 2009 | 1:30 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Federal and state agencies are working together in Missouri to look for links between environmental hazards and chronic disease.

They say if they find places where toxins contribute to illness, they can better warn the public and improve public health campaigns.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Missouri Department of Health is collecting data and posting them on a Web site for the public.

The tracking already has led to new demolition precautions in St. Louis after data showed that children living near old buildings being torn down were at higher risk for lead poisoning.

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