“There’s no doubt in my mind or at any of the leadership in EPA,” Armendariz says, “That the way the air programs have been run in the state of Texas for the last 15 years is gonna end, and it’s gonna end really soon.”
It can’t end soon enough for those of us in the Barnett Shale but Rick Perry is highly invested in keeping our air dirty. And our highest environmental officer says we’re just misunderstood.
Bryan Shaw, chairman of TCEQ, says the program is misunderstood.
Here’s something even Shaw can understand:
Armendariz has told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that its program for granting air emissions permits to industrial facilities violates the federal Clean Air Act. And if TCEQ doesn’t tighten up the program and allow more public input, the EPA could conceivably take it over.