Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross -State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Following the news of the ruling, U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement:
"Today's ruling stops one of the Obama administration's many regulatory assaults on American jobs and economic growth. This court ruling is a big win for Texas jobs and for the state's electric energy supply. The EPA's proposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule would have forced closures of facilities in Texas that are an integral part in the state's electric grid, jeopardizing the available supply of power to Texas consumers and businesses. In particular, this rule would have forced the closure of Luminant's generating and related coal facilities in Fairfield, which would have cost the community 500 jobs. This proposed regulatory overreach by the EPA was based upon faulty science and radical environmental ideology. For too long the EPA has abused its powers and has become a regulatory body that keeps moving the goal posts for the American economy. The court's ruling spares some states from being required to reduce air pollution by more than they actually contribute; an overly burdensome regulation that would continue to impede job growth and disrupt the supply of safe, clean, and affordable energy production.
"Our Congressional office remains committed to returning our federal government to a regulatory structure that is based upon the use of sound science and real-world, cost-benefit analyses. In this regard, we will continue to fight the efforts of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats that try to impose rules and regulations upon the American economy that exceed their authority as intended by Congressional statutes."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 to repeal the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule in its entirety. Under the court's ruling, the current Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) will remain in place until the EPA develops a valid replacement to the rule.
Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, former energy executive, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans' Affairs Committees.