EPA’s Flexible Permit Milestone in Texas Lauded As Proof Positive Industry, Environmental Regulators Can Work Together

Leading state conservation group lauds industry’s willingness to comply with reasonable federal requirements ahead of schedule

AUSTIN, TX— The following statement should be attributed to David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Weinberg is responding to today’s news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that all “flexible permit” companies in Texas have agreed to apply for approved air permits.

“Today’s news from the EPA that all ‘flexible permit’ companies in Texas have agreed to apply for approved air permits is proof positive that industry and environmental regulators can work together toward cleaner air for the Lone Star State.

“The notion that somehow these federal clean air permitting requirements would kill jobs and create uncertainty for Texas business is proving to be patently false.   Texas businesses, by meeting the requirements and doing so in many cases ahead of schedule are signaling that they are willing to move beyond flex-permitting to find a better clean-air solution for Texas.

“Past attempts by some at the Texas State Capitol to grandstand and politicize the EPA’s flexible permitting program as just one more example of federal overreach just doesn’t hold water after today’s announcement from the EPA.

“The Texas League of Conservation Voters is pleased that Texas companies have responded strongly, positively, voluntarily and ahead of schedule to the Clean Air Act requirements.   Everyone wins with today’s news as people all across Texas will benefit from cleaner air while companies enjoy the regulatory certainty they need to invest, expand and create more jobs.”

The full EPA news release announcing the Texas permitting milestone is available online at http://ow.ly/5CDOT .

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Media contact for TLCV:

David Weinberg, (512) 477-4424 or dweinberg@tlcv.org

The Texas League of Conservation Voters works to preserve and enhance the quality of life of Texans by making conservation a top priority with Texas elected officials, political candidates and voters.  Find us online at http://www.tlcv.org and follow us on Twitter @tlcv.

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