Abbott Hails Court ‘Victory’ Against EPA

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AUSTIN (AP) – Attorney General Greg Abbott is claiming victory after a federal appeals court overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that spoils air in neighboring states.

Texas joined power plants and some other states in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s cross-state air pollution rule.

Abbott said in a statement Tuesday that the court rebuked the EPA for “violating federal law and intruding on Texas sovereignty.”

He said the rule had threatened the reliability of electric service and jobs.

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel ruled 2-1 that the EPA imposed too-strict requirements on upwind states without regard to law.

The agency had sought to reduce downwind pollution from power plants in over two-dozen states. The rule had been scheduled to take effect in January.

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