This summer, it is widely expected that the federal Environmental Protection Agency will release new standards regulating emissions from existing power plants. This ill-advised action by the Obama administration will likely threaten Missouri’s dependable coal power plants. In response, the Missouri General Assembly has passed House Bill 1631 which would give Missouri greater authority to make regulatory decisions that are in the best interest of our state.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, charges the state’s Air Conservation Commission to develop emissions standards and compliance schedules rather than wait for the EPA to specify these for Missouri.
“Having a reliable, affordable energy supply is a critical factor for business expansion, particularly for some of tomorrow’s industries, such as data centers,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO. “The actions of the Obama administration make it clear that they intend to wipe out coal as an energy source. This would be a misguided and costly action that would leave Missouri’s business and individual energy consumers on the hook for massive rate increases. On behalf of Missouri’s business community, I would like to thank the General Assembly for taking this step. This bill will put our state in the best position to take control of our energy future before the federal government takes control for us.”
The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Jay Nixon to become law. The Missouri Chamber urges the governor to sign this bill so that the state can begin work toward a favorable outcome for energy consumers.