Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fighting for Toxic Air and Water in Texas

I grew up thinking that major federal legislation, like the Environmental Protection Agency and Civil Rights laws, was enforced uniformly across the nation. There was great comfort in knowing that that the EPA was out there ensuring our air and water were being cleaned up by implementing and enforcing the laws no matter where we lived.

It was much later that I learned how typically the federal system relies on the states to implement the laws and how often that enforcement failed to live up the to the grand goals. I was stunned to find that in Houston ozone restrictions and deadlines had been avoided consistently and delayed by decades in the continual struggle between EPA and Texas "environmental enforcement" agencies.

In recent years, with Gov. Perry and TX Attorney General  Greg Abbott have taken their fight against federal laws that the public relies on to incredible new heights. Their fights against EPA efforts to clear our air and water are the perfect example. Yet recently, their record against the EPA has been dismal.
Last week a federal appeals court  rejected a legal challenge by Texas and Wyoming to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"The states and industry groups trying to block EPA from curbing carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act are on a long losing streak," said David Doniger, climate policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 vote, said the states and various industry groups did not have standing to sue because they could not show that they had suffered an injury or that a ruling throwing out the EPA plan would benefit them.

The decision comes after the same court upheld the EPA's first wave of greenhouse gas regulations in 2012, and is another win for the EPA, which has a strong track record in the courts in challenges to its rules, particularly those targeting greenhouse gas emissions.

"The states and industry groups trying to block EPA from curbing carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act are on a long losing streak," said David Doniger, climate policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.



Reuters: Texas Loses Another Case to EPA


And yet, the people of Houston and Texas need to stay vigilant and active to stop them from wasting our tax dollars on their extremist political agendas.

Thankfully for the health of our families, their record against the EPA has been dismal. And yet, the people of Houston and Texas need to stay vigilant and active to stop them from wasting our tax dollars on their extremist political agendas.

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