State of Missouri Archives: on Environment


Lester Turilli: EPA has grown too large

Q: Are EPA regulations too restrictive?

A: The original intent of the EPA was good, although this organization has grown too large. ˙The EPA has exceeded its capability of logical enforcement.˙ ˙ My family business is currently closed due to new EPA restrictions.˙ Their requirements do not correlate with OSHA or other regulatory bodies.˙ There is a serious dysfunction between governmental agencies that hurts property owners.˙ For further information on this topic, contact me personally.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Jason Kander: Protect our state's air & water for future generations

Missouri has 110,000 miles of flowing water and 88 state parks and historic sites that cover almost 150,000 acres, and Jason strongly believes it is our obligation to protect our state for future generations.

Jason wants his son to be able to grow up in a world with breathable air and drinkable water, and to be able to have the same trips to the Lake of the Ozarks that Jason's family took when he was growing up.

Source: 2016 Missouri Senate campaign website JasonKander.com Apr 14, 2016

Peter Kinder: The EPA should respect the limits set by Congress

"Under Pres. Obama's new rules, regulated waterways would have been significantly expanded to include almost any body of water--such as dry creek beds, ponds, puddles, even drainage ditches--where water flows when it rains," Kinder said. "This poorly drafted rule would extend EPA authority into new areas not authorized by Congress. I applaud the court for recognizing that such sweeping changes need to be the product or reasoned deliberation between all stakeholders, not fanciful executive fiats. The proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is a bad idea that will cripple the livelihood of Missouri farmers and ranchers and their ability to produce food. The EPA should respect the limits set by Congress. Protecting Missouri waterways must remain a state regulatory function, and the Missouri DNR should be prevented from implementing these oppressive regulations imposed on them by Washington." In a 2-1 ruling, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stopped enforcement of the Waters of the US rule.
Source: LtGov.mo.gov on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Oct 13, 2015

Eric Greitens: EPA overreach hurts family farms

FARMERS NEED A LEADER. I believe the federal overreach from agencies like the EPA is hurting family farms. I will fight against these crippling regulations, and always side with the hard working farmers of Missouri.
Source: 2016 Missouri Governor campaign website EricGreitens.com Oct 9, 2015

Chris Koster: Sue the EPA for over-expanding Clean Water Act

Koster has signed Missouri onto a lawsuit with 12 other states against the EPA over the agency's rule defining "waters of the United States." Koster's office says the new rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands without much water at all, and increases the federal government's authority to "control land use in Missouri."

"The EPA has exceeded their legal authority in defining what constitutes waterways," Koster said. "Thousands of acres of privately owned land in Missouri would suddenly be subject to federal water regulation. Missouri farmers will be particularly harmed by the federal government's restrictions on how their land can be used." Koster says the agencies' official definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) extends their authority to include "ponds, streams that flow only briefly during or after rainstorms, and channels that are usually dry." The definition also expands to floodplains, even if the plains are dry 99 years out of 100, Koster says.

Source: The Missouri Times on 2016 Missouri Gubernatorial race Jun 29, 2015

Jay Nixon: State Parks Youth Corps: employ kids in state parks

Like thousands of Missourians, I grew up hunting, fishing and canoeing with my Mom and Dad. At a time when it's been especially tough for young people to find jobs, the State Parks Youth Corps put money in the pockets of more than 1,000 young workers--at no cost to the state. The National Association of State Park Directors gave our State Parks Youth Corps its top award for innovation in 2010. And I'm pleased to report that the Youth Corps will put hundreds more kids to work in our parks this summer.
Source: 2011 Missouri State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Robin Carnahan: Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide

Blunt pointed out that a wind-energy company headed by Carnahan's brother, Tom, had received a $107 million grant through the federal stimulus package. That money, Blunt said, created only 16 jobs. "Tell me if that's a good investment of money," Blunt said.

But Carnahan said the business created thousands of jobs around the state and accused Blunt of below-the-belt attacks. "I've got nothing to do with my brother's business," she said.

The federal government previously has provided tax incentives to boost renewable energy. The stimulus package offered cash payments instead of tax credits for wind-energy projects. The U.S. Treasury Department has said it had no discretion in deciding who qualified.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Robin Carnahan: Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide

Blunt pointed out that a wind-energy company headed by Carnahan's brother, Tom, had received a $107 million grant through the federal stimulus package. That money, Blunt said, created only 16 jobs. "Tell me if that's a good investment of money," Blunt said.

But Carnahan said the business created thousands of jobs around the state and accused Blunt of below-the-belt attacks. "I've got nothing to do with my brother's business," she said.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Catherine Hanaway: Self-audits for pollution instead of federal regulation

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Catherine Hanaway: Self-audits and cost analyses instead of federal regulations

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

  • The above quotations are from State of Missouri Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Environment.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2016 Presidential contenders on Environment:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Sep 07, 2016