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SENATE PASSES BILL TO FRESHEN ST. LOUIS AIR

April 7, 1998
By: Melissa Phillips
State Capital Bureau
Missouri Senators passed a bill that will let you breathe easier.

Melissa Phillips tells why from the State Capitol.

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The Senate Monday, reconsidered a bill that would clean up St. Louis air pollution.

The measure calls for the sale of reformulated gasoline, which burns cleaner. However, motorists would spend more at the pumps, and get less mileage per gallon.

St. Louis Senator Senator Betty Sims first voted against the bill, but changed her mind after talking with Ford Motor Company and Boeing representatives.

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Contents: "For both of them, this air quality control and federal mandates are so significant to the development of their companies and for me that's 40-to-60 percent of the people that live in my district work for those companies."
Sims says, that without these air quality controls, the companies would not likely bring new development projects to St. Louis.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.

Date: April 7, 1998

By: Melissa Phillips

State Capital Bureau Missouri lawmakers are one step closer to clearing the air in St. Louis.

Melissa Phillips has the story from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis has violated federal clean air standards for years.

But now, the Senate has passed a bill that will improve air quality, by requiring motorists to fuel with reformulated gasoline.

The measure also calls for a new inspection and maintainence program, which will detect cars with bad exhaust.

St. Louis Senator Betty Sims voted in for the bill because it benefit major employers in her district, but says she still has concerns.

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Contents: "It will require this of St. Louis and St. Louis County, but not require it of people who drive from all over the country into our area. That's kind of a question mark thing."
Sims says she's also concerned because forcing motorists to use reformulated gasoline will drive prices up at the pump.

Reporting from Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips.


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