POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for May 6, 2015

Texas AG plans to sue EPA over Clean Power Plan; EPA skeptical of Texas bill to speed environmental permits


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday he will sue the Environmental Protection Agency over the proposed Clean Power Plan rule claiming it threatens the power grid and would increase electric prices. From The Texas Tribune report:
    “Texas has proven we can improve air quality without damaging our economy or Texans’ pocketbooks. I will fight this ill-conceived effort that threatens the livelihood and quality of life of all Texans.”
  • The EPA says it may need to review whether state legislation that would scale back contested case hearings to fast-track environmental permits would jeopardize permitting authority the agency has granted the state. The Texas Tribune writes the EPA shares critics’ concerns about the bill, which would give the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality “sole discretion to determine who is an “affected person” who could ask for a hearing; set an 180-day time limit for the proceedings (with potential exceptions); narrow the issues the public could argue; and arguably shift the burden of proof from the company to the public.”
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