Extension on Joplin debris removal denied

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he is disappointed the state's request for an extension of a federal debris removal program in Joplin has been denied.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed 75 days for removal of debris from areas wiped out by the May 22 tornado.

That deadline expires Sunday, and FEMA on Wednesday rejected the state's request to extend that to Aug. 31.

The Expedited Debris Removal Program pays 90 percent of the cost of rapid removal of debris after catastrophic events such as the tornado.

The federal share falls to 75 percent once the program expires.

The May 22 tornado killed 160 people and damaged or destroyed about 8,000 homes and businesses in the Joplin area.

Nixon planned to be in Joplin on Thursday to discuss FEMA's decision.

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