Texas Gov. Decries EPA Refinery Permitting Takeover

Law360, New York (May 26, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's unprecedented decision to begin controlling the issuance of operating permits for Texas' oil refineries has met with bold opposition from Gov. Rick Perry, who claims the move unfairly swipes the state's regulatory powers and hands them to the federal government.

The governor's battle cry against the power grab came after regional EPA director Al Armendariz on Tuesday said the agency would bar the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from issuing a permit to a Flint Hills Resources LP-owned refinery in Corpus...
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