24-hour Environmental Emergency Response Hotline 573-634-2436

As part of the Division of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Services Program supports the other programs in the department that need accurate scientific data for their work. To obtain these data, the Environmental Services Program performs field work, monitors sites as needed, collects samples and provides laboratory testing for environmental pollutants. The program's Environmental Emergency Response section serves as the department's front line of defense against significant and imminent hazardous substance releases, natural or man-made disasters, and homeland security threats that may impact public safety and the environment. Looking Back offers a glimpse of a few of the programs managed by the Environmental Services Program.

Air Quality Monitoring
Chemical Analysis
Environmental Emergency Response
Water Quality Monitoring
Sampling Results Search System

Pipeline Emergency Response

Crude Oil Release, St. Charles County, Fact Sheet

Learn about pipeline emergency response through a free course for emergency responders provided by Enbridge and Vector Pipeline.

The course features 3-D graphics and covers:

  • Liquids and gas pipeline operations.
  • Tactical response including the Incident Command System.
  • Pipeline response scenarios.

Register and take the training at mypipelinetraining.com. Additional grant dollars through the Safe Community Program may be available for response agencies in Enbridge’s areas of operation. For more information, visit enbridge.com/ERinfo or email ERinfo@enbridge.com. A specific module for 911 dispatchers is also available.

Statewide Network Of Air Monitoring Sites

Staff in the air quality monitoring section operate a variety of instruments at many locations around the state as part of a network to monitor air pollutants known to affect people's health. In addition, staff conduct special air quality studies.

The data from air instruments may be used to determine whether an area meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, whether the public is being exposed to unhealthy conditions, to identify air pollution trends, to investigate citizen complaints and to determine the source of air pollution problems.

Map of the air monitoring sites in the state of Missouri

Air Pollution Web Cameras

Missouri Air Quality

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  • Check on the air quality before planning your day.
    If EPA has forecasted the AQI to reach orange or red levels, schedule outdoor activities in the morning. However, avoid using gas-powered lawn tools and mowers until late afternoon or evening so emitted pollutants have a lesser chance of reacting with heat and sunlight to form ground-level ozone. Better yet: Invest in electric tools.
  • Resist the urge to top off your tank and help prevent the release of gas vapors. Fuel your vehicle in late afternoon or evening.
  • Get energy savings. Change your air filters. Tune up your HVAC.

    For more tips, access the department’s fact sheet, “What You Can Do To Improve the Air.”

Environmental Emergencies

The Missouri Environmental Emergency Response Search allows users to search the Environmental Emergency Response incident reports by county, date reported or incident cause (leaking underground storage tank, vehicular accident, etc.).