The right to clean water, healthy food access, and public land are a few of the environmental and social justice issues MCE has worked on during our 50 years of service to Missouri. Of elected officials at the local, state, and federal level, lawmakers at the state level arguably have the most influence on the health of Missourians and fate of our environment, for better or worse. Many of our federal environmental laws like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Farm Bill are implemented by states, not the federal government. That gives a lot of power to the Missouri General Assembly, which can pass laws directing state agencies on how to implement laws related to the closure of coal ash landfills in floodplains, access to healthy food for all Missourians, public land and so much more.
Ed Smith, Policy Director