Court blocks EPA 'regional haze' rule in Texas - KRISTV.com | Continuous News Coverage | Corpus Christi

Court blocks EPA 'regional haze' rule in Texas

Posted: Updated:
Stock Photo: Nov. 19 2015 Stock Photo: Nov. 19 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal court has sided with Texas and industry groups suing to block Environmental Protection Agency regulations meant to reduce haze in wilderness areas.

Texas sought a stay against "regional haze" rules in February, after the EPA rejected as inadequate Texas and Oklahoma's plan to meet regulations on air quality in natural areas.

In a ruling released Friday, the New Orleans-based U.S. Fifth Circuit Court blocked regional haze rules.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the decision Tuesday, saying federal regulations would have cost power plants and other industry concerns $2 billion in upgrades.

The regulations are blocked while Texas argues that the EPA overstepped its authority by rejecting its anti-pollution plan.

Last week's Fifth Circuit ruling also said there was a "strong likelihood" of that larger argument succeeding.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Trending Videos

Powered by Frankly

© KRISTV.com 2018, KRISTV.com
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?