Hope and jubilation sprang up among people who care about clean air in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and 66 tribes when Dr. Al Armendariz was named EPA Region 6 Administrator.
From TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas:
“We are thrilled with Dr. Armendariz’s appointment,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “After eight years of the Bush EPA, it’s a new day for Texas’ environment. Move over polluter lobbyists, science and human health are in charge now.”
Dr. Al Armendariz, a Southern Methodist University engineering professor who has sharply criticized federal and state regulators for not cracking down hard enough on North Texas air polluters, has been named the Environmental Protection Agency’s new regional administrator over Texas and four other states.
Armendariz, an El Paso native, has found fault with Texas’ efforts on Dallas-Fort Worth smog, saying the state’s programs did too little and that the EPA erred in approving them. In particular, he has targeted the giant cement plants in Midlothian south of Dallas and natural gas exploration in the Barnett Shale region west of Dallas, arguing in both cases that Texas regulators were too lax on major pollution sources.
This will not be easy. The top environmental post in Texas is held by a global warming denier.
TXsharon and National Alliance for Drilling Reform members send him the strongest prayers for resilience, fortitude and success on behalf of the people and the environment.