Two Missouri representatives plan to block EPA on greenhouse gases

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | 4:28 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Two Missouri congressional members plan to file legislation blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from developing its own greenhouse gas rules.

Democrat Ike Skelton and Republican Jo Ann Emerson said Tuesday that Congress did not intend for the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. The lawmakers say regulators are not elected and therefore not accountable to the farmers, business owners and Missourians that could be hurt by changes.

In December, the EPA concluded carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases represent a danger to public health, which permits the environmental agency to set rules limiting them.

Skelton and Emerson announced plans to file their legislation during a breakfast in Jefferson City for the state's rural electric cooperatives.

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