A spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality called the letter "an arrogant act by an overreaching EPA," the Austin American-Statesman reported. The commission says the regulations that are supposed to take effect Jan. 2 have no scientific basis and will raise prices and cost Texas jobs.
"State officials in Texas have made clear that they have no intention of implementing this portion of the federal air permitting program," Al Armendariz, the EPA regional administrator for the EPA, wrote Thursday.
The commission would still grant businesses pollution permits. But they would also be required to report emissions to the EPA.
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