EPA Grants Its First Greenhouse Gas Permit In Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a greenhouse gas permit for a natural gas-fired plant in Texas, the first the federal agency has issued since taking over the Lone Star State’s permitting program in January.

The EPA announced on Thursday it had awarded the permit to the Lower Colorado River Authority, which plans to modernize and expand a 37-year-old unit.

The EPA took over the Texas greenhouse gas permitting program after the state refused to comply with new regulations designed to lower pollution. All states agreed to abide by the rules except Texas.

Gov. Rick Perry, who’s a GOP presidential candidate, has long battled against EPA regulations, accusing the agency of meddling in state affairs.

Texas leads the nation in greenhouse gas emissions and industrial pollution.

Click here for full coverage of Texas’ ongoing battle with the EPA.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)


One Comment

  1. Clint Turner says:

    Shut down the EPA!

    1. YRofTexas says:

      AGREED! Another slap in the face of Texas’ sovereignty! Big Brother….Uncle Sam once again has decided for a state what is best for it…

      The Fed has forgotten that it is the STATES who designed the Fed, and it is the STATES who were to have rights over the Fed.

      But I guess it always comes down to whoever perceives to have the power is the one who seizes the power. How dare the Fed send one of it’s minions to rule over a state’s agency.

      Step-by-Step, Little by Little, Big Brother takes over our lives.

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