The Environmental Protection Agency released its final Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan for Texas and Oklahoma. The rule is purportedly intended to improve visibility over the next several decades at certain federal parks in far west Texas and Oklahoma.
While Luminant is still in the process of reviewing this, it unfortunately appears that the EPA ignored the substantial comments that were submitted to it in opposition to the proposal, and we continue to believe that it goes far beyond the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act. There is no legal or technical basis for EPA’s FIP since the state implementation plan submitted by Texas fully complies with the Clean Air Act. More importantly, the visibility benefits the EPA seeks for Texas and Oklahoma are already being met as evidenced by the federal monitors for these parks, yet EPA’s FIP would require Texas to spend $2 billion for what EPA itself projects would be no perceptible improvement in visibility.
The plan Texas submitted is working to improve visibility, and EPA should not saddle this state with huge and unnecessary costs that result in no discernible visibility improvements.
Check out our view on the plan as proposed on POV here: