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The Clean Air Act 50 Years Later

Nov 6, 2013

Clean air, you’d think it would be a no brainer, but it took an act of Congress to make it a law. There are 20 coal power plants in Missouri, and they expose over 4.7 million people within a 30 mile radius, to their exhaust. In Kansas there are eight coal power plants.

It’s been almost 50 years since the Clean Air Act was made into law, and the way the public views clean air has radically changed from then to now. Stephen Steigman hosts this discussion on the changing culture of environmental protection.


  • Carl Brooks, Regional Administrator for region 7 of the EPA
  • Caroline Davies, Program Director for UMKC Environmental Studies Program