EPA under fire for new pollution regulations

POSTED: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- The Environmental Protection Agency has come under fire for their new pollution regulations in Texas.

Now, Luminant, a Texas energy company said the abrupt regulations, effective this January, are costing jobs and dollars.

"The only way that we have found to be able to comply with this new rule is to idle two generating units at our Monticello power plant. so, we are trying to fight this for our employees, for their jobs because if we are unsuccessful it will result in about 500 layoffs," said Ashley Barrie, spokeswoman for Luminant. 

Texas is also being held accountable for pollution the state isn't even producing.

The problem with the pollution experienced in Texas, isn't just coming from big power plants, the state is also experiencing pollution from other states throughout the country.

"Despite the fact that Texas' S02 emissions make up only 11 percent of the SO2 emissions from all the states included in Casper, EPA is mandating that 25 percent of the S02 emission reductions required by the rule, be made in Texas and that is more than Texas' fair share," Said Barrie.

Chris Evilia, a Waco Air Quality member, said whether it's now or later regulations are necessary.

"Each of these pollutants affect human health in a different way, or adversely affect in a different way and so the, it really all comes down to a uh, public health question. Ultimately we can't just ignore that question," said Evilia.

Though Luminant is currently taking legal action against the EPA.

The battle between energy production and pollution may never, truly, be won.

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