Texas vs. EPA Permitting Battle Intensifies

The legal wrangling between Texas and the federal government over the state's air-pollution permitting system for big industrial plants is intensifying, as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a brief in a federal court on Monday defending the system.

The 63-page document fleshes out the arguments Abbott had referenced in a shorter petition this summer, asking the EPA to lay off Texas's permitting system.

The EPA has challenged Texas' system, which applies to about 120 of the state's largest plants, as too lax. "Flexible permitting," implemented by Texas in 1994, allows plants to regulate only the overall ...

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