Air pollution, contaminants in surface and groundwaters, and superfund sites pose health risks to Missourians. Air pollution may cause damage to lung tissue and exacerbate respiratory diseases. Water pollutants not only pose threats to human health, but also have detrimental impacts on Missouri’s environmental health. Pollution tends to disproportionately impact already vulnerable populations, such as young children, the elderly, and low-income communities.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) monitors pollution across Missouri and provides resources to mitigate problem areas. In addition to large-scale mitigation efforts at superfund sites, and in non-attainment areas for various pollutants, the DNR encourages personal practices that can reduce pollution, such as reduced vehicle use, proper disposal of hazardous materials, and improved energy efficiency in homes and businesses.