In June 2011 I posted an article (rightwinggranny.com) about the Environmental Protection Agency’s war of Texas.
The article reported:
In January 2010, the EPA decided that the Texas air-permit program was invalid and every facility in the state operating under that permit would have to be re-permitted. The argument was that Texas was measuring the pollution from the entire facility–the EPA wanted separate measurements from every area of the facility. Obviously this will be more expensive with very questionable results. The second aspect of the attack on Texas is the war on coal. The Texas Public Policy Foundation submitted a report to Congress in March saying that the new EPA regulations will shut down 5700 MW of electrical generating capacity–about one-twelfth of peak demand. The new regulations also make no allowance for increased energy demands in the State of Texas in the coming years. The third attack on Texas energy is in the area of natural gas.
That article links to an article at Hot Air that details the entire attack.
Well, the attack has been turned back. Fox News is reporting today that “the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the agency to reconsider the Texas regulations and “limit its review” to ensuring that they meet the “minimal” Clean Air Act requirements that govern state implementation plans.”
The EPA rejected Texas’ rules on minor new-source review permits in September 2010, saying they didn’t meet Clean Air Act requirements. The Texas attorney general, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and businesses sued the EPA, challenging the ruling.