DNR faces uncertainty amid permit fee opposition

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control Program that monitors the state’s smokestacks and enforces the federal Clean Air Act faces insolvency by late 2016 if fees paid by polluters don’t increase.

Though some industries have said they’re willing to pay more in permit and emission fees to keep the state program afloat, some last-minute objections to the increased fees are forcing the DNR to revise its proposal in order to pass legal and legislative scrutiny.

Even the initial proposal would have meant a $1 million annual budget shortfall for the department, which already has 12 vacancies.

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