Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the EPA's efforts to take over Texas' air permitting program:
"The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their decision to take control of a permitting process that the Clean Air Act allows to be delegated to the states, the EPA is on the verge of killing thousands of Texas jobs and derailing a program that has cleaned Texas' air.
"Because Texas involves the Legislature, TCEQ, business owners and the public in the process, and focuses on results instead of big-government control, our state's air is cleaner than it was ten years ago and our economy is stronger than most other states.
"This is not a partisan issue: our emissions control program went into effect under Gov. Ann Richards in 1994 and was approved by the Clinton administration. Since then, the EPA's unelected bureaucrats haven't ruled on it once, yet, with the arrival of a new administration in Washington, they have put a bulls-eye on the backs of hardworking Texans.
"An increasingly activist EPA is ignoring the 22 percent reduction in ozone and 46 percent decrease in NOX emissions that Texas has achieved since 2000.
"On behalf of those Texans whose jobs are threatened by this latest overreach, and in defense of not only our clean air program but also our rights under the 10th Amendment, I am calling upon President Obama to rein in the EPA and instruct them to study our successful approach for recommended use elsewhere."