Surely you're aware of the ongoing battle between the Environmental Protection Agency and Governor Rick Perry over the state's enforcement (cough) of the Clean Air Act. Long story short: The governor says the feds don't have the right to regulate greenhouse emissions, to which the feds have responded with a strongly worded, Are you kidding?
This morning's New York Times, matter of fact, directs our attention to E.P.A. assistant administrator Gina McCarthy's letter to state officials, sent earlier this week, in which she warns: Comply, or beginning December 23, the E.P.A. will take control of the permitting process, since Texas clearly can't get the job done.
In advance of the inevitable announcement today, James McKinley writes how this'll all go down:
In Texas, at least 167 projects are in the pipeline that would require the permits next year, and federal officials say the owners will have to go to the E.P.A.'s Dallas offices to get them. The takeover of the permitting process is necessary, they said, to keep new construction from grinding to a halt, federal officials said.
State officials see it differently. "This is an arrogant act by an overreaching E.P.A. that is trying to implement new, unnecessary controls on American industry," said Andrea Morrow, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.