Environmental Services Program
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.
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 9-1-1 dispatchers is also available.
Missouri Air Quality
- 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 that 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.”
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.).