U.S. House Panel's Hearing Centers on EPA and Texas

WASHINGTON – Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency’s contentious relationship was on full display Wednesday in a U.S. House committee hearing, as Republicans argued that the federal agency’s overreach has reached new heights in the state. But Democrats countered that EPA regulations benefit all Texans.

“Unfortunately, too many within this administration believe that the only way to protect our environment is through federal government intervention and centralized ownership,” said U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. “This is the wrong way.”

Witnesses largely supported loosening federal environmental regulations, from ...

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