Gov. Mike Parson has kept appointees in place from the administration of his resigned predecessor, Eric Greitens, and that continuity could loom especially large for Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources, where Greitens’ time in office brought significant change.
In 17 months under the former governor, the department sought to reduce backlogged permits, tried to amend or eliminate dozens of regulations and started discussions about taking over certain responsibilities from regional officials at the Environmental Protection Agency.
That all came as the department saw cuts to its workforce and funding.
Although Parson has yet to lay out his environmental policy, many expect the longtime farmer to be friendly to agricultural interests.
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