Houston Clean Air Act Fight Signals Rise Of Preemption Cases

Law360, Dallas (July 11, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT) -- Some of Texas’ biggest chemical companies are asking the Texas Supreme Court to void a Houston clean air ordinance, arguing the city’s regulation is preempted by state law, in a case lawyers say highlights an emerging trend likely to be at the forefront of challenges to local laws.

The Business Coalition for Clean Air Appeals Group — which includes Air Products LP, Celanese Chemicals Ltd., The Dow Chemical Co., Entergy Texas Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp., Lyondell Chemical Co., Texas Petrochemicals LP and Valero Refining-Texas LP —...
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