"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.

The first federal regulations on carbon dioxide took effect yesterday after more than a year of political wrangling, ordering emissions cuts from cars, light trucks and the largest new industrial plants.

Last month, when Texas did not implement the new rules, EPA released a plan to seize control of greenhouse permitting in the state. But the agency must wait at least a week so judges can make a decision on Texas' legal bid to stave off federal intervention, the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia ruled Thursday.

The temporary delay "should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits" of the state's lawsuit, the order said."

Gabriel Nelson reports for Greenwire January 3, 2011.

Source: Greenwire, 01/04/2011