EPA Taking Over More Texas Air Permits

DALLAS (CBSDFW.com) – Texas refuses to regulate greenhouse gases, so the federal Environmental Protection Agency will do it for the state.

On Thursday the EPA said it will take over issuing Clean Air Act Permits for greenhouse gas emissions in Texas beginning in January.

The agency said in a statement that it wants the states to continue issuing the permits, but that “officials in Texas have made clear … they have no intention of implementing this portion of the federal air permitting program.”

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2007 forced the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and three other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Individual states have always managed certain kinds of Clean Air Act permits on the EPA’s behalf.  But earlier this year the EPA notified Texas that its program for issuing many of these permits was inadequate.

The EPA estimates that 167 facilities in Texas will need new permits to comply with the greenhouse gas rules.

Texas sued the EPA over the new rules.  Earlier this month a federal appeals court turned down Texas’ request to stop the rules, saying the state did not prove the regulations would cause major economic harm.

(C) Copyright 2010 CBS Local Media.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.


One Comment

  1. mj says:

    An individual State cannot afford the facilities to test and approve permits for EPA rules and regulations , it is the responsibility of the Federal Government EPA to adopt , permit , and enforce its rules .

  2. Tom Harris says:

    “A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2007 forced the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and three other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

    No, that is not correct. Here is the correct situation as described on the EPA Web site:

    On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court found that GHGs, including carbon dioxide, fit within the definition of air pollutant in the CAA. Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007). The Court found that when responding to a rulemaking petition under section 202(a) of the CAA, EPA was required to determine whether or not GHG emissions from new motor vehicles cause or contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare, or whether the science is too uncertain to make a reasoned decision.

    On December 7, 2009, the EPA Administrator signed two distinct findings regarding GHGs under section 202(a) of the CAA:

    Endangerment Finding: The Administrator found that the current and
    projected atmospheric concentrations of the six, key, well-mixed GHGs—CO2,
    CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, and SF6 –threaten the public health and welfare of
    current and future generations.

    So, brushing aside all scientific objections (and there are plenty), the EPA CHOOSE to do all this. They did not have to.

    Good for Texas, standing up to this fraud.!

    Tom Harris
    International Climate Science Coalition

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