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Department of Natural Resources will no longer fund local Air Quality programs

In what appears to be a cost cutting measure, Missouri Department Natural Resources has apparently notified the Kansas City Air Quality Program that it will no longer fund local air quality programs as of September 30, 2011. In an email sent to various asbestos abatement and consultant firms throughout the Kansas City area, Christopher Smith an Enforcement Supervisor with the city of Kansas City Health Department, Air Quality Program stated that “In a nutshell our office may be closing.  This may affect future abatement projects.  The State will notify our office on how switch will be made.” No word on whether or not this is a proposed action or a certainity at this point.  As for now it’s business as usual though.