EPA Strips Texas Of Lax Clean Air Permitting Program

Law360, New York (July 1, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has nixed a 16-year-old Texas permitting program allowing companies with multiple sources of pollution to lump emissions under a single cap, saying it effectively lets companies circumvent federal clean air standards.

OnWednesday the EPA announced the decision, the agency's latest blow to efforts by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to defend contentious aspects of its state implementation plan, which it argues has cut down dramatically on pollution in Texas since its adoption in 1992.

The flexible permitting program, added in...
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