Friday, June 04, 2010

Never let a crisis..: EPA Takes over Texas Permitting

The Obama administration is seizing every opportunity to expand federal power.

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On Tuesday, for the first time in any state, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seized control of Texas' jurisdiction over granting a clean air permit.
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At a news conference Wednesday in a Houston suburb, Perry said the federal government should stop what he called a "power grab" by the Environmental Protection Agency. Last week, the EPA's regional director threatened to remove Texas' regulatory authority by midsummer if the state fails to comply with the Clean Air Act.
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Gov. Rick Perry took a spat between state and federal environmental regulators to the country's highest authority Friday, asking President Barack Obama to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from taking over Texas' air quality program. A dispute that began as an environmental fight about granting permits to some of the nation's largest refineries has recently evolved into a political battle over state rights.