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EPA taking over greenhouse gas permits in Texas

EPA taking over greenhouse gas permits in Texas
Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 9:09pm

DALLAS (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the
unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in
Texas because of the state's refusal to comply with new greenhouse
gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2.

The EPA on Thursday announced it will issue Clean Air Act
Permits for greenhouse gas emissions in Texas beginning in January.

The agency said in a statement that it prefers if states remain the
permitting authorities but that "officials in Texas have made
clear ... they have no intention of implementing this portion of
the federal air permitting program."

A spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
did not immediately return a message.

The nation's largest oil refineries are in Texas, which also is
home to more coal-fired power plants than any other state.


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