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  • Violeta Archer
    Feb 7, 2014
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      Alyssa,

      Thanks for putting this in perspective. This is indeed distressing. Here's also the correct link for the article:
      http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/epa-shifts-greenhouse-gas-permitting-texas-22365051

      Violeta


      On Feb 7, 2014, at 7:56 AM, hreg@yahoogroups.com wrote:

      > There are 2 messages in this issue.
      >
      > Topics in this digest:
      >
      > 1a. EPA Shifts GHG to Texas
      > From: Violeta Archer
      > 1b. Re: EPA Shifts GHG to Texas
      > From: Alyssa Burgin
      >
      >
      > Messages
      > ________________________________________________________________________
      > 1a. EPA Shifts GHG to Texas
      > Posted by: "Violeta Archer" violetatx9@... violetatx9
      > Date: Thu Feb 6, 2014 2:20 pm ((PST))
      >
      > Folks,
      >
      > Here's an interesting development re: GHG emissions and permitting. . .
      >
      > Best regards,
      >
      > Violeta Archer
      > HREG president
      >
      > ************************************************************************************************************************************************************
      > EPA SHIFTS GREENHOUSE GAS PERMITTING TO TEXAS
      >
      >
      >
      > HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.
      >
      >
      >
      > EPA's administrator in Dallas, Ron Curry, said he signed the paperwork earlier Tuesday delegating authority over the program to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It comes after months of negotiations concerning what the program would look like. There will be a 30-day public comment period on the program's outline.
      >
      >
      >
      > Noting the EPA and Texas' often contentious relationship and the many unresolved issues between the two, including a backlog of 80 greenhouse gas permits currently in the process of being approved, Curry said "that is big news" when announcing the program had been approved. He spoke at a luncheon sponsored by Air Alliance Houston, an environmental group.
      >
      >
      >
      > Texas, the leading greenhouse gas producer in the U.S., had been the only state in 2010 that refused to meet new federal greenhouse gas emission rules, placing some of the nation's largest refineries in operational limbo.
      >
      >
      >
      > The EPA, in an effort to ensure those facilities could continue to operate, has been directly issuing permits since 2011, assuming a role that has historically belonged to states.
      >
      >
      >
      > Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law giving the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. That is when the EPA and the Texas environmental agency began working to develop a program that would meet federal requirements, Curry said.
      >
      >
      >
      > Initially, Texas had wanted to have a six-month turnaround on all permits, but the EPA refused to put a cap on how long it would take to issue a permit, Curry said. The state also wanted to include a "hearing process" in its program, but the federal agency declined. In addition, Texas had to establish appropriate emission thresholds, he added.
      >
      >
      >
      > Once those and several other issues were resolved, Curry said he was able to shift authority to Texas, though the EPA "will periodically review this program."
      >
      >
      >
      > "It's a program that the state will have forever as long as it operates correctly," Curry told The Associated Press.
      >
      >
      >
      > The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a statement it doesn't agree with the EPA's move to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but will follow the direction of the Legislature "so that permits can be issued in a timely manner, and to continue the successes of the strong Texas economy."
      >
      >
      >
      > While most are pleased to see the EPA and Texas begin to resolve issues that have sparked lengthy legal battles, Air Alliance Houston Executive Director Adrian Shelley said he fears the state's primary goal will be to issue permits quickly to "ensure smooth sailing for their industry customers."
      >
      >
      >
      > "My hope is that EPA will balance TCEQ's goals with environmental protection," Shelley said.
      >
      >
      > Source: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sochis-opening-show-let-putins-games-begin
      >
      >
      >
      > Messages in this topic (2)
      > ________________________________________________________________________
      > 1b. Re: EPA Shifts GHG to Texas
      > Posted by: "Alyssa Burgin" aburgin4peace@... aburgin4peace
      > Date: Thu Feb 6, 2014 2:34 pm ((PST))
      >
      > As someone who called the TCEQ for a very, very urgent matter regarding
      > spillage of toxins into a watershed near Choke Canyon Reservoir--and who
      > received a phone call from them ten days later saying, "okay, we're here
      > now, we don't see anything"--I find this very distressing.
      >
      > My colleagues and I have had issue after issue with the "non-enforcement
      > enforcement" of the TCEQ, which one staffer told me was purposedly
      > understaffed so that they could effectively ignore violations. This
      > handover is exactly what oil and gas drillers wanted here, among others.
      > And it does not bode well for the future health of our state.
      >
      > Alyssa Burgin
      >
      >
      > On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Violeta Archer <violetatx9@...> wrote:
      >
      >>
      >>
      >> Folks,
      >>
      >> Here's an interesting development re: GHG emissions and permitting. . .
      >>
      >> Best regards,
      >>
      >> Violeta Archer
      >> HREG president
      >>
      >>
      >> ************************************************************************************************************************************************************
      >> EPA SHIFTS GREENHOUSE GAS PERMITTING TO TEXAS
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> HOUSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas
      >> authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often
      >> bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.
      >>
      >>
      >> EPA's administrator in Dallas, Ron Curry, said he signed the paperwork
      >> earlier Tuesday delegating authority over the program to the Texas
      >> Commission on Environmental Quality. It comes after months of negotiations
      >> concerning what the program would look like. There will be a 30-day public
      >> comment period on the program's outline.
      >>
      >>
      >> Noting the EPA and Texas' often contentious relationship and the many
      >> unresolved issues between the two, including a backlog of 80 greenhouse gas
      >> permits currently in the process of being approved, Curry said "that is big
      >> news" when announcing the program had been approved. He spoke at a luncheon
      >> sponsored by Air Alliance Houston, an environmental group.
      >>
      >>
      >> Texas, the leading greenhouse gas producer in the U.S., had been the only
      >> state in 2010 that refused to meet new federal greenhouse gas emission
      >> rules, placing some of the nation's largest refineries in operational limbo.
      >>
      >>
      >> The EPA, in an effort to ensure those facilities could continue to
      >> operate, has been directly issuing permits since 2011, assuming a role that
      >> has historically belonged to states.
      >>
      >>
      >> Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law giving the Texas Commission
      >> on Environmental Quality the authority to regulate greenhouse gas
      >> emissions. That is when the EPA and the Texas environmental agency began
      >> working to develop a program that would meet federal requirements, Curry
      >> said.
      >>
      >>
      >> Initially, Texas had wanted to have a six-month turnaround on all permits,
      >> but the EPA refused to put a cap on how long it would take to issue a
      >> permit, Curry said. The state also wanted to include a "hearing process" in
      >> its program, but the federal agency declined. In addition, Texas had to
      >> establish appropriate emission thresholds, he added.
      >>
      >>
      >> Once those and several other issues were resolved, Curry said he was able
      >> to shift authority to Texas, though the EPA "will periodically review this
      >> program."
      >>
      >>
      >> "It's a program that the state will have forever as long as it operates
      >> correctly," Curry told The Associated Press.
      >>
      >>
      >> The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a statement it
      >> doesn't agree with the EPA's move to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but
      >> will follow the direction of the Legislature "so that permits can be issued
      >> in a timely manner, and to continue the successes of the strong Texas
      >> economy."
      >>
      >>
      >> While most are pleased to see the EPA and Texas begin to resolve issues
      >> that have sparked lengthy legal battles, Air Alliance Houston Executive
      >> Director Adrian Shelley said he fears the state's primary goal will be to
      >> issue permits quickly to "ensure smooth sailing for their industry
      >> customers."
      >>
      >>
      >> "My hope is that EPA will balance TCEQ's goals with environmental
      >> protection," Shelley said.
      >>
      >> Source:
      >> http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sochis-opening-show-let-putins-games-begin
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
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