Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Dallas County Clear Air Task Force a Model for Others"

"It's not the kind of crime that's likely to appear on CSI. But counterfeit vehicle-inspection stickers that end up in Dallas County have links to deadly drug gangs in Mexico and human smuggling. They contribute to health-threatening pollution problems that also constrain business development in North Texas."

Source: Dallas News, 01/18/2011

"EPA Ordered to Wait on Taking Over Texas' Greenhouse Gas Permitting"

"U.S. EPA's plan to sidestep state officials and oversee climate rules in Texas has been temporarily blocked by a federal court, making the Lone Star State the only place where businesses cannot apply for greenhouse gas permits that the Obama administration now requires."

Source: Greenwire, 01/04/2011

"E.P.A. Challenges Texas Over Rules on Emissions"

"HOUSTON — The feud between Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency reached a new level this week, with federal officials saying that they will take over the granting of permits for new power plants and refineries in the state because Texas refuses to regulate its emissions of greenhouse gases."

Source: NYTimes, 12/23/2010


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