Judge tosses Missouri AG lawsuit targeting ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

BY: - September 1, 2021

A federal judge found a group of Republican attorneys general lacked the standing to sue President Joe Biden’s administration for taking steps to consider the “social cost of carbon” in federal regulations. The suit, supported by officials in 13 states, was led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for the U.S. Senate […]

Just before Parson vetoed emissions bill, staffer’s spouse hired by testing company

BY: - August 3, 2021

Three weeks before Missouri Gov. Mike Parson vetoed legislation that would have undermined a federally-mandated vehicle emissions testing program, the spouse of his policy director registered as a lobbyist for the lone state contractor providing those tests.  Last month, Parson vetoed House Bill 661. The bill would have removed Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles counties from […]

Parson vetoes bill ending EPA-mandated emissions testing near St. Louis

BY: - July 9, 2021

With the threat of millions of dollars in sanctions looming, Gov. Mike Parson on Friday vetoed legislation that would have removed three St. Louis-area counties from a federally-mandated vehicle emissions testing program.  In a letter to lawmakers, Parson said he vetoed House Bill 661 because the potential for federal penalties undermine his administration’s work on […]

Missouri lawmakers vote to end EPA-mandated emissions testing near St. Louis

BY: - May 14, 2021

With just hours left in their 2021 session, Missouri lawmakers passed legislation removing several St. Louis area counties from a federally-mandated emissions inspection program, potentially putting millions of dollars in federal funds at risk.  But unlike earlier versions of the legislation, proponents won more support by including a clawback: If the federal government imposes sanctions […]

EPA investigation finds Missouri out of compliance with federal civil rights rules

BY: - April 29, 2021

Federal officials are investigating whether Missouri environmental regulators violated the civil rights of St. Louis residents by issuing an air pollution control permit to a fuel transport business located near predominantly Black neighborhoods.  Already, investigators with the Environmental Protection Agency have found the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is out of compliance with regulations requiring […]

Schmitt joins Republican AGs taking aim at ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

BY: - April 27, 2021

The attorneys general in Missouri and Kansas have joined their Republican counterparts in 20 states demanding that the federal government not consider the social cost of carbon emissions when determining whether to approve new natural gas pipelines.  Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Derek Schmidt of Kansas filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Monday […]