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The 5th Circuit Issues Order Leaving Intact its Judicial Stay on the EPA Regional Haze Rule

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit continued its stay of EPA’s Regional Haze Rule. Texas et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 16-60118 (Mar. 22, 2017). The EPA rule would have required power plants in Texas and Oklahoma to install costly and potentially unnecessary upgrades to their generators. Last July, … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court strikes down Houston air quality ordinances

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court struck down Houston’s air quality ordinances, ruling the city had overstepped its authority to police local polluters.  In an 8-1 decision, the justices ruled that local ordinances requiring businesses to pay registration fees and allowing criminal sanctions for emissions violations were inconsistent with state law. The justices wrote in … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Coalition Asks Supreme Court to Halt EPA Power Plan

A bipartisan coalition of 29 states and state agencies filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to immediately halt the Obama Administration’s power plan while litigation continues in the D.C. Circuit Court.   The application for immediate stay of the final EPA rule imposing far-reaching climate rules for power plants was filed by the … Continue Reading

Denton, Texas Bans Fracking – What’s Next?

Bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have arisen in a variety of places over recent months.  Voters in Mendocino County and San Benito County, California, and Athens, Ohio, separately approved bans on fracking in the November elections.  The New York State Governor and his Commissioners of Health and Environmental Conservation decided to ban fracking in New … Continue Reading

TCEQ Becomes Sole Permitting Authority for Greenhouse Gases in Texas

On November 10, 2014, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two actions in the Federal Register that gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sole authority over greenhouse-gas permitting in Texas: The Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD); Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule Revisions is … Continue Reading
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