Perry: EPA rollback proves flaws in clean air rule
Austin — GOP presidential contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a federal proposal to ease cross-state pollution standards proves the rule was flawed.
Perry issued the statement Thursday, hours after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed easing the restrictions that had infuriated Perry.
The proposed fix to the cross-state pollution rule would allow 10 states, especially Texas, to emit more smog-causing pollution than had initially been permitted. The rule is designed to decrease smokestack emissions, mostly from coal-fired power plants, in 27 states, that contribute to unhealthy air downwind.
Perry, who has used it as fodder in political attacks against President Barack Obama, says the changes "prove there are undeniable flaws" with the pollution rule that would cause job losses and higher energy costs. He says he'll continue to fight federal mandates.