Air Pollution Program Running Out of Money
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An air pollution control program run by the state is in danger of running out of funds.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources say the agency's Air Pollution Control Program could run out of money by 2016.
The program is funded largely by fees charged for each ton of pollutants sent into the air. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports polluters are doing a better job of controlling emissions, which has caused a reduction in fees being paid to the air pollution program.
However, state officials say the DNR's monitoring activities are likely to increase because tougher clean air regulations are expected to begin in the next several years.
In response, the department is considering raising some fees and emission caps.