POSTED: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:26am
UPDATED: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 9:46am
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is the only state taking no steps to meet new federal greenhouse gas emission rules that go into effect in January, a move that leaves its energy industry vulnerable to lawsuits and prevents plants from legally expanding.
The new rules go into effect Jan. 2, 2011. They require the nation's largest industries to meet more stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards in new or significantly modified structures.
The National Association of Clean Air Act Agencies, which acts as a go-between to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for state governments, says 49 states have either changed their laws to allow regulation of greenhouse gases or will allow the EPA to issue permits for them. Texas is doing neither.
The EPA and Texas environmental regulators were not immediately available to comment.