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EPA requires Texas power plants to lower pollution

EPA requires Texas power plants to lower pollution

POSTED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 10:28am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 10:14pm

New federal rules on how much ozone-causing pollution power plants can emit will force facilities in Texas to
monitor sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide year-round.

Texas industries backed by the state's environmental regulatory agency have long opposed similar proposals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Power plants are concerned the federal requirements could require costly improvements to decrease airborne pollution.

Texas and the EPA have a long-running battle that has evolved from a fight over environmental regulation into a tiff over states'
rights. This rule could further anger Gov. Rick Perry, who is viewed as a potential GOP presidential candidate.

Earlier EPA proposals included a weaker plan that would have only required plants in the Lone Star State to monitor nitrogen
oxide in the summer.

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We in Austin have power providers who already comply with the new EPA guidelines and we pay lower rates than most people in Texas. All of you who pay higher rates to the private power companies need to question your power provider, not the EPA.

According to the Austin American Statesman...."The Lower Colorado River Authority, however, which serves the Austin area, said it has already invested millions in its natural gas and coal-fired plants in an attempt to reduce pollution, including installing scrubbers that will reduce by 95 percent sulfur dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant. Clara Tuma, a spokeswoman with the LCRA, said in an email that the company believes it will be in compliance with the new EPA rules."

Yup, it's a great time to put more restrictions on companies and force them to spend more money. Now they will either pass on the added cost to the consumers through higher rates, or lay off more people to compensate. Either way, it's going to hurt Americans. Even Bill Clinton is for getting the EPA to back off for a while during this recession. That says a lot. There is a time and a place for everything, and now is not the time to add restrictions to American businesses or cost to consumers.

It's about time!

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