Texas Air Quality Permit Program Wins EPA's Go-Ahead

Law360, New York (January 30, 2014, 1:45 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has conditionally approved Texas' flexible air quality permit program, after years of debate and legal wrangling, it said Wednesday.

Texas implemented the flexible permit program, which allows an emitting facility's operator to stay under an overall emissions cap or individual emission limitation, in 1994.

Environmental groups opposed the program because they said it allows companies to grow or modify existing facilities without following the Clean Air Act's guidelines. And in 2010, the EPA, which had never approved or disapproved the program,...
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