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Texas Official: EPA Malfunction Emission Decision Impractical

Aug. 5, 2016, 4:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require states to alter their pollution plans concerning excess air emissions during startup, shutdown and malfunction at industrial facilities shows a lack of understanding of how the world operates, according to a top Texas environmental official.

Texas is one of 36 states that are subject to a 2015 agency rule, known as a “SIP Call,” that requires the revision of state implementation plans to remove provisions that shielded power plants and other industrial facilities from being subject to civil penalties over malfunction-related emissions violations.

Steve Hagle, deputy director for the Texas Commission on Environmental ...