EPA Wins Dispute with States

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A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in regards to a long time dispute the agency has had with the states of Wyoming and Texas. This dispute is regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This 2-1 decision made by the United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia basically defended the federal Clean Air Act that the state of Texas has challenged numerous times. Texas does have more greenhouse gas emissions than any other state in the nation.Beginning in 2011, U.S. environmental regulators required all of the states to have greenhouse gases included when pollution permits are being issued. When the state of Texas refused compliance with these requirements, the Environmental Protection Agency took over the state’s program for issuing permits, but Texas kept fighting back for control.In a statement released by the EPA, the agency expressed that it was pleased that the ruling made by the court would allow the structure for permitting to remain in place. Environmental groups have expressed their enthusiasm regarding the ruling. Cyrus Reed, member of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, stated that even in Texas, carbon pollution protections are law.Texas Commission for Environment Quality chairperson Brian Shaw, stated that the EPA implemented time lines that were too restrictive for states to adhere to their time line. He also said remarkably, the D.C. Circuit on numerous occasions, has not found harm to states in respect to the greenhouse rules.Renny MacKay, spokesman for Wyoming governor Matt Mead, stated the state will be considering its legal options and looks forward to working with Texas to challenge the ruling. MacKay also said to protect our energy’s future, it is time to stand up to the EPA’s unreasonable regulations. A spokesman for the Texas Attorney General Abbot’s office said they were reviewing this ruling.

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in regards to a long time dispute the agency has had with the states of Wyoming and Texas. This dispute is regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This 2-1 decision made by the United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia basically defended the federal Clean Air Act that the state of Texas has challenged numerous times. Texas does have more greenhouse gas emissions than any other state in the nation.

Beginning in 2011, U.S. environmental regulators required all of the states to have greenhouse gases included when pollution permits are being issued. When the state of Texas refused compliance with these requirements, the Environmental Protection Agency took over the state’s program for issuing permits, but Texas kept fighting back for control.

In a statement released by the EPA, the agency expressed that it was pleased that the ruling made by the court would allow the structure for permitting to remain in place. Environmental groups have expressed their enthusiasm regarding the ruling. Cyrus Reed, member of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, stated that even in Texas, carbon pollution protections are law.

Texas Commission for Environment Quality chairperson Brian Shaw, stated that the EPA implemented time lines that were too restrictive for states to adhere to their time line. He also said remarkably, the D.C. Circuit on numerous occasions, has not found harm to states in respect to the greenhouse rules.

Renny MacKay, spokesman for Wyoming governor Matt Mead, stated the state will be considering its legal options and looks forward to working with Texas to challenge the ruling. MacKay also said to protect our energy’s future, it is time to stand up to the EPA’s unreasonable regulations. A spokesman for the Texas Attorney General Abbot’s office said they were reviewing this ruling.

 

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