Texas sues EPA over emissions control rule

The Attorney General of Texas sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sept. 21 in an effort to block EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that the state says will cost jobs and affect reliability.

News reports said the Attorney General’s office filed a petition for review in federal appeals court, alleging the rule does not give power plant operators in the state enough time to comply. The CSAPR is set to go into effect January 1 and requires power plants to cut nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions that cause smog and soot in other states.

On September 19, Kansas sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency saying that power plants in the state will not have enough time to meet limits on greenhouse gases. Texas power generator Luminant sued EPA September 12, saying the CSAPR would force the company to cut 500 jobs, shut down three lignite coal mines and 1,300 MW of coal-fired units.

Reports quoted an EPA official as saying that power generators have until March 2013, not this coming January, to comply. In a Sept. 11 letter to Luminant, EPA deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe said Luminant’s decision to lay off workers and shut down generating units is not the only answer.

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