Existing industry and future growth could be affected in Perry County due to EPA regulations. In 2008, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources recommended that Perry County be designated a “nonattainment area” because of ozone readings at nearby monitoring stations. An air-quality committee was formed, and Deputy Director of Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission David Grimes, tells KZIM KSIM that possible regulations will affect whether companies choose Perry County as a possible location. New industrial construction uses current standard technology to control emission, but in a nonattainment area, the best possible technology must be used, regardless of cost.
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