The State of Texas recently filed four motions to prevent the Environmental Protective Agency(EPA) from implementing new federal regulations that threaten the Texas economy and jeopardize Texas jobs. Texas petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay the EPA’s greenhouse gas Endangerment Finding, the Light-Duty Vehicle Rule, the Prevention of Significant Deterioration(PSD) Interpretive Rule, and the Tailoring Rule.
Court documents filed by the State explain the the EPA’s Endangerment Finding is legally unsupported because the agency outsourced its legally mandated “scientific assessment” to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had the reliablility of its scientific assessments called into question after a scandal erupted in late 2009.
The State of Texas explained that the IPCC……..and therefore the EPA……relied on flawed science to conclude that greenhouse emissions endanger public health and welfare. Because the Administration predicated its Endangerment Finding on the IPCC’s questionable reports, the State is seeking to prevent the EPA’s new Rules….and the economice harm that will result from those regulations….from being imposed on Texas employers, workers and enforcement agencies.
The State of Texas is also seeking to stop the impositon of the Light-Duty Vehicle Rule, which is predicated on the EPA’s flawed Endangerment Finding. The Light-Duty Vehicle Rule attempts to apply new federal emissions regulations to passenger vehicles such as cars and trucks.
Court documents filed by the State explain that the Light-Duty Vehicle Rule is inaccurated because it claim to regulate pollutants that are not even found in vehicle emissions. Although federal law requires that new environmental regulations quantify their health and welfare benefits, the EPA failed to include that data when the Light-Duty Vehicle Rule was published.. Despite a national economic downtourn, the EPA has failed to adequately consider the harmful economic impact of the mobile source regulations…..even though a thorough economic impact analysis is required by the Clean Air Act.
Under the so-called PSD rules….which the state is also challenging….once a substance is regulated for any purpose, all emmissions are subject to regulation. Because the Light-Duty Vehicle Rule attempts to regulate greenhouse gas emmissions for the first time, that Rule extrends those regulations to stationery sources such as factories, refineries, large office buildings with boilers…any stationary location which emits greenhouse gases.
A press release from the Texas Attorney General’s office Friday details the lawsuit filed on behalf of the State of Texas requesting the federal court stop the EPA’s proposed new rules from going into effect until Texas can present its evidence in court challenging the wisdom of them.
Anyone interested in receiving further information from the Texas Attorney General’s office may call (512)-463-2050.
Hopefully, the federal court will grant the motions filed by the State of Texas through its Attorney General’s office to stop implementation of this rules which appear to potentially be hazardous to the public welfare of the the people of Wichita Falls, Texas and the State of Texas.
Jobs could be lost and businesses closed in Wichita Falls if these new federal regulation are put into play. Especially during these already difficult economic times. Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose office filed these motions,is from Wichita Falls, Texas.
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