Greens ask federal EPA to take over enforcement for air, water rules in Texas

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

  • The Environmental Defense Fund and the Caddo Lake Institute have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over permitting in Texas under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act saying the state is not doing its duty to protect citizens from pollution.
  • The groups say new laws in Texas are limiting who can participate in proceedings as "affected" parties, and the state's Council on Environmental Quality and local government agencies are not adequately funded to protect the environment.
  • The environmental advocates also asked the EPA to "withdraw its delegation of permitting authority" under the CWA and find that Texas’s new source review permitting program under the Clean Air Act is deficient.