Missouri operations are getting better at controlling harmful emissions, so the Department of Natural Resource’s Air Pollution Control Program is predicting it will run out of money by 2016 and the agency’s budget director said it needs to raise emission and permitting fees fast to remain solvent. Monitoring activities performed by the DNR will likely increase because of tougher clean air regulations expected to begin taking effect over the next several years.
The issues facing the monitoring program come just less than three years after it took on much of the monitoring duties performed by local offices. In 2011, state budget cuts forced St. Louis and St. Louis County to slash employees in their air pollution control divisions. Offices in Kansas City and Springfield also lost money for local monitoring.