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Missouri might run out of money to clean up hazardous waste.

November 16, 2004
By: Dustin Blanchard
State Capital Bureau

Missouri might run out of money to pay for hazardous waste cleanup without legislative action. Dustin Blanchard has more from the state Capitol.

The Joint Committee on Hazardous Waste met today to discuss options for funding waste cleanup efforts.

State Senator John Griesheimer says that without an agreement, the efforts will go underfunded.

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Contents: "They're using the funds to run the department, the division of hazardous waste... but also to do remedial cleanup and other things, and there isn't enough funds to do everything."

To cover the shortfall, the committee is considering taxing purchases of tires and car batteries, and tapping into the state's general revenue fund among other measures.

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Missouri might soon be making it easier for companies to import hazardous waste into the state. Dustin Blanchard has the story from the state Capitol.

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The Joint Committee on Hazardous Waste met today and heard petitions to lower taxes on companies importing waste into the state to use as fuel.

State Senator John Griesheimer says the waste is not a danger and importing it into the state is actually a good thing.

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Contents: "They actually do a service to the environment and to you and I. This waste could be going somewhere else, it could be going into the ground or whatever, and they take this waste and burn it."

Griesheimer says that if the taxes aren't lowered, companies might leave the state. He says that would cost the state revenues needed for waste cleanup.