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St. Louis may get a "serious" air quality label

February 12, 2001
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

A US District Court has ordered a review of St. Louis' air quality. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis lawmakers say they will send a resolution to the EPA asking them to back off and give the state time to clean up the air.

Republican representative, David Levin, supports the resolution and says the EPA should wait until 2003 to conduct its review.

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we have clean air in St. Louis and we're staying the course, so why put us into this double jeopardy?

The EPA is expected to make its decision in early March. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.

St. Louis state lawmakers say a change in the St. Louis air quality rating could mean bad news for business. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

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Right now St. Louis' air quality is in the moderate category. But a US district court has ordered the EPA to review the city's air quality. Republican representative David Levin says putting St. Louis on the "serious" list could be devastating for the local economy.

Actuality:Levin
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OutCue: allowed to move in
Contents: literally the third shift of Chrysler General Motors could be shut down, or Ford. Literally, any fleet of ten or more vehicles would have to be converted to an alternative fuel. Literally businesses that want to move into the St. Louis region would not be allowed to move in.

Levin says that St. Louis already has clean air and should remain in the moderate category. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.

Hundreds of St. Louis businesses could be affected if the Environmental Protection Agency slaps St. Louis with a "serious" air quality label. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

The EPA will decide in March whether the city's air quality rating should be changed from moderate to serious. Democratic representative Harold Selby says that the auto industry in St. Louis may be hit hard if the change occurs.

Actuality: Selby
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OutCue: what they drive
Contents: A good number of my constituents to work in the auto industry. If the restrictions get much more stringent then were going to lose jobs and probably people are going to change the way they drive and what they drive.

Selby supports a resolution that will be sent to the EPA asking that St. Louis not be reviewed until 2003, giving the state time to clean up its act. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.