"EPA Issues Final Plan for Auditing Rejected Texas Permits"

"For the roughly 130 power plants, refineries and other facilities embroiled in the air permitting dispute between U.S. EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a new program being finalized by EPA could allow them to get on with business as usual.

The world's two largest environmental agencies have been scrapping for months over 'flexible permitting,' a 16-year-old system used by Texas to craft permits for some of the state's largest industrial facilities. Rather than placing an emissions limit on each source of pollution -- at larger plants, there can be thousands of them -- the permits set an overall cap and let companies decide how to get there."

Gabriel Nelson reports for Greenwire September 21, 2010.


Source: Greenwire, 09/22/2010