Missouri firms could lose permits for pollution

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri lawmaker has filed legislation targeting the odor emitted by companies that turn animal parts into petroleum.

Companies that violate air or water pollution rules six or more times in a year could lose their operating permits. Companies with 12 violations over 36 months also would risk losing their operating permits.

The bill is sponsored by House Republican Tom Flanigan of Carthage, where residents have long complained of odors from a plant that converts poultry byproducts into fuel oil and other products.

The 2011 legislative session started last week and continues until mid-May.

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