TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION UNITES IN BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO SAVE JOBS, STOP POTENTIAL BLACKOUTS10/19/11
WASHINGTON, DC: Almost the entire Texas Congressional delegation (31 of 32 members) sent a letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Wednesday praising the agency’s efforts to revise the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), but saying they hope the changes represent “an ongoing effort” to correct errors in the rule.
Members argued that flawed modeling, instead of reliance on actual monitored data, subjected Texas to “unfairly high and unnecessary hardship,” which could lead to job losses and possible blackouts.
The bipartisan effort underscores the importance of this rule to Texas and the letter warns of “grave economic, energy reliability and lifestyle impacts” if CSAPR isn’t properly changed.
However, Members did say they “appreciate EPA’s willingness to work with parties throughout Texas and other states to address CSAPR errors” and they “look forward to working with EPA to make further necessary changes” to the rule.
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