Skip to comments.Feds taking over permits for Texas plants [EPA going after refineries]
Posted on 05/25/2010 10:27:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog
Objecting to how Texas regulates air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is taking over the issuance of an operating permit for a Corpus Christi refinery and could step in at some 39 other major facilities across the state.
I think the writing will be on the wall unless we start seeing better permits that address our objections, we are very likely to begin federalizing others, EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz said in a telephone interview. The state is not following federal Clean Air Act requirements.
Tuesday's unprecedented action affected a Flint Hills Resources refinery in Corpus Christi. The EPA's action means the facility must submit an application with detailed information to the federal agency, which could approve or deny a permit.
The company said it was evaluating a letter from the EPA notifying plant officials of the move.
The list of facilities that could come next the include chemical plants, refineries and other facilities, such as the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants in Bayport and Houston, the Motiva Enterprises Houston terminal, Rhodia Inc.'s Houston plant, the Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou facility and Valero's Texas City facility. Other company permits that have drawn scrutiny from the EPA include Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemical Co. and Formosa Plastics.
We've never objected to 40 permits issued by a state permitting authority, and we've not federalized a permit in a state in this manner before unless we were requested to do so by a state or a particular facility, Armendariz said. The action we're taking today, together with the 40 objections, is unprecedented.
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We have to fight the Federal Beast.
If we had a real conservative governor we’d seceed. I doubt the former united states could push the Republic of Texas around much since they’d need our oil.
He was last seen combing his hair getting ready for his photo shoot for the new add for the “Coyote Pistol” named in his honor.
Who says we’d sell it to them???
This is how you test what your governor is made of. He has the duty to throw the EPA out for gross disrespect for state sovereignty.
But what’s he going to do? This is a really big deal. Especially after saying it’s a power grab. His statement doesn’t really leave much room for compromise so what’s he going to do? Spin it as a campaign issue?
When you lived there, carbon dioxide was not an EPA recognized pollutant. Can't see it, can't smell it, can't taste it, but you better believe they can regulate it.
Don’t let the feds get ‘em. Burn the NMFers to the ground first. Eff these plunderers!
That air pollution issue is just an interstate commerce canard. Air pollution can be sourced and “damages” can be handled in courts.
We’re better off with a slow, thoughtful, careful response through tort law than a single, all-powerful federal agency.
We have to get the Left the Hell out of our government, a monumental task to put it lightly, and defund every single Leftist bureaucracy.
Yes I know that’s going to be called racist, but we have to get rid of those bureaucracies, those Leftist bastions of mischief completely, or kiss this Nation good bye.
It’s the bureaucracies that perpetuate the Leftist base, and allow them momentum.
One side is determined to direct us and our economy centrally. They view their movement as a revolutionary movement. They are lead by a man with an extensive muslim and socialist background from a Communist party family.
The other side is composed of Americans who wish to be left alone to follow the orginal American constitution and belief in personal liberty .
One side must give up their belief, or it can only end in violence. Most likely they will try to use force to enforce a future outrage, and will encounter violent resistance.
NO, NO. Those suckers that voted for this regime were NOT Americans!
Fatal mistake: They didn’t get the guns first.
Waters responded, in part, "And guess what this liberal would be all about. This liberal will be about socializing uh, um. "
The congresswoman paused to collect her thoughts.
"Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies. "
Maybe we need to use a new acronym: AINO (Americans in Name Only).
AINO... I likes it!