For years the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has let down the people of Texas. Finally – we have the Environmental Protection Agency holding TCEQ accountable by looking out for the health of Texans and Americans across the country! EPA needs comments from you on these two rules, so I’ll let you know a little bit about both of them.
1. The first is the Good Neighbor Rule – this one regulates interstate transport of air pollution. As you can imagine, our neighbors in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and even Kansas are not too thrilled with how much air pollution Texas Coal plants are sending to these states. Texas has the worst air pollution in the country – and we can do so much better. Looks like our neighbors are getting fed up, and Texas is finally going to have to do something about it. I have an idea – don’t build a dozen new coal plants adding over 70 million tons of co2 into the atmosphere!! Submit your comment here today.
2. Speaking of CO2 – the leading cause of climate change – EPA has also proposed a rule to regulate global warming emissions. If you ask me, this is a no brainer. Apparently – TCEQ and Governor Perry think Texas should be exempt from this regulation. Every other state in the nation at least attempts to abide by the Clean Air Act – why should Texas alone be exempt from this? I love Texas, I want to raise a family here one day. I also want them to have what all Americans should have – the right to clean water and clean air.
Until Texas agrees to regulate CO2 emissions like every other state is required to do, no new air permits should be granted in the state of Texas.
Posted by Eva Hernandez, Beyond Coal Campaign – Texas Sierra Club