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Is Texas’ Long War with the EPA Over Air Quality Finally Ending?

For years, the State of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state’s clean air plan, concerning the state’s “flexible […]

For years, the State of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state's clean air plan, concerning the state's "flexible permitting program" for plants that might otherwise exceed emissions standards.

We learn more about flexible permitting and the deal that's been reached, as we talk with representatives of the environmental group the Sierra Club and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based conservative think tank. And we welcome your questions about air quality standards in Greater Houston for the Bureau Chief of Pollution Control and Prevention for the City of Houston.

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