FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) – Two Texas Congressmen say the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to push Texas out of the job of monitoring our air quality.

Congressman Joe Barton, of Ennis, discounts the claims of EPA officials that Texas isn’t doing a good enough job of monitoring its air.

Barton is joined by Congressman Louis Gohmert of Longview who contends Texas is being punished by the Obama administation.

Barton and Gohmert are both Republicans.  They made their comments Friday morning at the Fort Worth office of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Both men are also members of a newly-formed group called the Texas EPA Task Force.  In describing itself, the group says “The goal of the task force, which is made up of state and federal officials, is to bring together those who are on the front lines of protecting Texas from the job-destroying over-regulation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

In December, the EPA took over issuing permits for greenhouse gases in Texas.  Most states regulate the permits as part of the federal Clean Air Act.  The EPA said it was taking over permitting in Texas because the state refused to regulate the gases.

Friday, Gohmert said the EPA is trying to strong arm its way into taking over Texas air quality enforcement. Both say the air quality here is improving and they pledge support of a bill that would remove CO2 from a list of air pollutants.

The state and the federal agency have been fighting for a long time.  Click here for more CBSDFW.COM coverage of their ongoing battle.

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