Texas Requests Fifth Circuit Review of US EPA Action

On Wednesday, Texas asked the Fifth Circuit to review an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision requiring it to tighten air pollution regulations governing large industrial pollution sources, including power plants.  The EPA’s decision was based on the finding that portions of Texas’s previously approved state implementation plan do not meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement saying that the Obama administration had made an “abrupt and unwarranted about-face,” and that the EPA’s actions “make it impossible for even the most carefully regulated facilities to avoid costly penalties due to unplanned events.”  Click here to read more (subscription required).

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