Missouri Democrats seek tougher smog standards

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – A group of Democratic Missouri state lawmakers is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue stricter standards for smog pollution.

The lawmakers have written the agency requesting the smog pollution standard be bumped down to 60 parts per billion.

The current standard is 75 parts per billion.

A federal judge in California ruled the EPA must draft new standards for ground-level ozone pollution by December.

St. Louis state Sens. Jamilah Nasheed and Scott Sifton and House members Gina Mitten, Jeanne Kirkton, Stacey Newman, Tommie Pierson and Clem Smith submitted letters.

Others who support toughen the standards include Kansas City House members Jon Carpenter, Randy Dunn, Jeremy LaFaver and Judy Morgan, along with Tom McDonald of Raytown, Margo McNeil of Florissant and Bill Otto of St. Charles.