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Defeat of air quality control package would not bring EPA sanctions

April 21, 1998
By: Caroline C. Noel
State Capital Bureau

The recent defeat of Senator Wayne Goode's air quality control package might not have the dire consequences for St. Louis that some predicted. Caroline Noel has the story in Jefferson City.

Proponents of Senator Wayne Goode's plan to mandate the sale of special smog-reducing gasoline argued that it was the ONLY way St. Louis could appease the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has been threatening to impose sanctions if St. Louis' air quality does not improve.

But even Goode himself admits these doomsday predictions were overblown.

Actuality:"I believe that the state can act under the legislation we passed in 1994."
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Goode is referring to a bill he sponsored four years ago that gave the Department of Natural Resources the authority to implement a strict tailpipe testing program, known as IM240. Such action by the department, when and if it happens, would be enough to satisfy the EPA. From the Capital, this is Caroline Noel.

Date: April 21, 1998

By: Caroline C. Noel

State Capital Bureau The defeat of Senator Wayne Goode's air quality control bill means legislators have to come up with alternate measures to satisfy EPA scrutiny. Caroline Noel reports from the Capital.

Senator Goode's bill would have mandated the sale of reformulated gasoline, which reduces smog. It would have also implemented a strict tailpipe testing program, known as IM240.

The bill's defeat does not necessarily spell disaster for air quality in St. Louis. Even Goode admits the tailpipe testing program alone is enough to meet EPA requirements.

Actuality: "The only downside is by not using the reformulated gas that there may be consequences in terms of lower air quality."
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The legislature approved the tailpipe testing program four years ago, although the Department of Natural Resources has not yet enacted it. For KMOX News, this is Caroline Noel.


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