EPA taking over greenhouse gas permits in Texas
POSTED: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 10:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 24, 2010 - 9:27am
DALLAS — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it is taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in Texas, citing the state's unwillingness to comply with greenhouse gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2.
EPA officials indicated they reluctantly were taking over Clean Air Act Permits for greenhouse gas emissions because "officials in Texas have made clear . . . they have no intention of implementing this portion of the federal air permitting program."
"EPA prefers that the state of Texas and all states remain the permitting authority for (greenhouse gas) sources," the agency said in a statement. "In the same way that EPA has worked with other states and local agencies, the agency stands ready to do the same with (Texas)."
The EPA's takeover of Texas' air permit program came on the same day the agency announced it would begin developing standards to reduce heat-trapping gases at power plants and refineries.