Missouri bills would halt state’s work on Clean Power Plan

While Missouri hasn’t made an official announcement on whether it will continue working on the Clean Power Plan, state lawmakers are ready to make that call. A pair of bills moving through the state legislature could postpone drafting of a state compliance plan for a year – or even indefinitely, though at least one lawmaker says that is not the intent. SB 858, which was passed favorably out of the Senate commerce committee and now awaits a vote on the floor, postpones the development of a state implementation until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the merits of the Clean Power Plan. That decision is expected no earlier than the spring of 2017. A second bill, HB 2543, appears to go further.