Clean Power Plan

Background On June 25, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Directive, called the Climate Action Plan, that included a Presidential Memorandum directing the EPA to issue rules on carbon emission limits. Just short of a year later on June 2, 2014, the EPA released a proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants,…

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Carbon Pollution

Greenhouse Gases Greenhouse gases emissions are trapping heat in our atmosphere, leading to increased temperatures. These emissions are also impacting the frequency of precipitation events, causing more frequent droughts in some parts of the world while increasing flooding and hurricanes in other parts of the world. As a result, communities, plant and animal species, entire ecosystems, and…

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Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)

Clean Water Protection Rule Unfortunately, the Clean Water Protection Rule is currently blocked nationwide by courts—this action is only temporary. After considering feedback from over 400 public meetings and more than 1,000,000 public comment letters, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the Clean Water Protection Rule on May 27, 2015. By clearly…

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Recent Floodplain Development Proposals

Proposed Ice Rink Development Threatens St. Louis Co. Creve Coeur Park A proposal to construct a hockey complex in St. Louis County’s Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park would convert 40 acres of parkland in the floodplain to a massive hockey complex. See MCE’s public comments on the proposal’s Environmental Assessment and get more details and learn…

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Missouri River Restoration

Restoration efforts have been ongoing within the Missouri River as well. Since about 2000 the Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working on the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP), whose mission is to “Implement actions to accomplish Missouri River ecosystem recovery goals in coordination and collaboration with agency partners and…

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Title I: Commodities

The programs under Title I provide payments to farmers who produce “covered commodities” or simply, commodity crops or cash crops.“  The term ‘covered commodity’ means wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, long grain rice, medium grain rice, pulse crops, soybeans, and other oilseeds.”[1] Base acres as used in this section are commodity-crop-specific acres enrolled…

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