WHEREAS, the severe winter weather that began on December 8, 2007, created a condition of distress and hazards to the safety and welfare of the citizens of the state of Missouri beyond the capabilities of some local jurisdictions and other established agencies; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 07-34 was issued on December 9, 2007, declaring a State of Emergency within the state of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 07-36 was issued on December 10, 2007, authorizing the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to waive or suspend temporarily the operation of statutory or administrative rules or regulations in order to expedite the cleanup and recovery process; and
WHEREAS, in response to Executive Order 07-36, the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a waiver on December 11, 2007, suspending specific air pollution and solid waste regulations to address wastes generated by the severe storm systems; and
WHEREAS, several communities in the state of Missouri continue to clear debris caused by the severe storm systems; and
WHEREAS, Executive Orders 07-34 and 07-36 expired on January 7, 2008; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 07-39 was issued on December 28, 2007, to extend Executive Orders 07-34 and 07-36 in whole or in part to February 15, 2008; and
WHEREAS, some communities continue to clear storm debris and have requested an extension of the February 15, 2008, deadline; and
NOW THEREFORE, I, Matt Blunt, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, hereby extend the declaration of emergency contained in Executive Order 07-34 and the terms of Executive Orders 07-36 and 07-39 through March 15, 2008, for the purpose of continuing the cleanup efforts in the affected Missouri communities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 11th day of February, 2008.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State