The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued certain actions on December 23 to clarify that EPA will be issuing Clean Air Act permits for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the state’s behalf starting in January 2011. The actions are related to Texas’ State Implementation Plan (SIP) for clean air and ensure that new and expanding large industrial facilities in Texas will be able to seek Clean Air Act permits for GHGs without delay or disruption. EPA’s actions are necessary because Texas officials have made it clear in multiple recent statements that TCEQ believes its current SIP, as approved, does not authorize the State to regulate GHGs. Furthermore, Texas officials recent statements also make clear that the state agencies have no intention of properly implementing the portion of the federal air permitting program that will cover GHG emissions. Therefore, EPA has concluded that the approval of that portion of Texas’ SIP was in error and has issued a partial disapproval of that portion of state of Texas’s SIP because it does not allow for regulation of GHGs. EPA is also assuming permitting authority for GHGs to ensure adequate permitting of GHGs can occur in the state of Texas in January 2011.
EPA notes that State agencies are generally well-suited to issue new GHG permits due to their experience as primary permitting authorities. EPA has made available guidance and training on GHG permitting to all interested State permitting authorities. In the same way that EPA is actively working with all other states and local permitting agencies, the agency stands ready to do the same with the state of Texas, so that Texas officials can take on the permitting authority for GHGs as quickly as possible. The TCEQ will continue as the permitting authority for all other pollutants and EPA will work with Texas officials on the permitting of individual facilities.
Open Letter to Permit Holders and Interested Members of the Public
More information is HERE
What You Can Do – You can participate in the permit process.
There are three ways you
can MUST be involved with New Source Review (NSR).