U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is keeping up her fight to allow Missouri companies more time to prepare for proposed environmental rules.
In a bipartisan letter to the President, McCaskill and a group of Senators including Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, told the Administration that it should provide additional time for facilities to comply with proposed environmental rules known as Boiler MACT rules.
"If we work together in a bipartisan way we can protect Missouri jobs and public health at the same time-that's really what this effort is all about" said McCaskill, who recently led a successful fight against EPA regulations on Missouri's farmers and ranchers. "I'm fighting to make sure these regulations aren't enacted in a way that could cost Missouri jobs."
Traditionally, industry is allowed three years to comply with new EPA regulations. McCaskill is requesting that the rules allow facilities subject to the new regulations to obtain, if warranted by circumstance, an extra year to comply. The letter also requests changes to the rules to encourage the productive use of biomass and to ensure that certain emission standards are achievable.
"It has been our shared goal to ensure that the final Boiler MACT rules are achievable, affordable, and protective of public health and the environment, while preventing the loss of thousands of jobs that we can ill-afford to lose," the bipartisan letter reads.
McCaskill has consistently worked with both Republicans and Democrats on energy issues important to Missourians, including a recent letter to Sec. Clinton and President Obama telling them to fast-track approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Citing that record earlier this year, the respected, nonpartisan news magazine National Journal ranked McCaskill exactly in the moderate middle of the U.S. Senate, #50 out of 100.