EPA chief says Texas action 'not about politics'
POSTED: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 7:41pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 4:20pm
SAN ANTONIO — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the long-running dispute between the agency and Texas is about public health and not politics.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday in San Antonio that her agency isn't out to cripple Texas businesses with its actions. The EPA earlier this month took over the issuing of greenhouse gas permits in Texas, the only state that has refused to comply with tighter federal rules.
EPA officials didn't immediately know whether the agency had any Texas applications on file since the new greenhouse gas rules went into effect Jan. 2.
Gov. Rick Perry has maintained that Texas is making dramatic gains in air quality and that the tougher EPA rules puts jobs throughout the state at risk.