EPA proposes new approach to fix Texas-issued pollution permits

06/11/2010 | Google · Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Environmental Protection Agency has offered to work with petrochemical companies in Texas in a bid to resolve a dispute over state-issued air-pollution permits. The agency unveiled a voluntary program that would enable refineries to hire outside auditors to examine and make necessary corrections to "flexible permits." Under the proposed program, violations of the Clean Air Act uncovered during the auditing process would not result in litigation, the EPA said.

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