Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the proposed revision of national ozone limits by the EPA:
"The EPA's only consistent target has been the target on the backs of Texas workers and taxpayers.
"If this proposal is adopted, it will mark the second time in two years the federal government has imposed drastically reduced standards on states. We've worked hard and invested over $1 billion to reach compliance on the original target without sacrificing Texas jobs or economic momentum.
"Since 2000, Texas clean air efforts have helped slash levels of NOx gases, a precursor to ozone, by 46 percent, and overall ozone by 22 percent. We've done this during a time of economic prosperity unrivaled in the nation.
"From cap and tax legislation to regulating CO2 to moving ozone targets, the Obama administration seems intent upon following flawed science down a road that will lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of Texas jobs, while doing nothing more to protect human health."