Texas loses upwind battle with Feds

Apr 30, 2014

Texas power plant
Texas power plant
Credit Andrea Parker / Cory Maluski / The Texas Tribune

The state of Texas has battled the federal government over quite a few environmental regulations.  This week it lost a major battle when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to reinstate a regulation with the goal of limiting air pollution effects across state boundaries according to The Texas Tribune.

The ruling means Texas and 26 other “upwind” states in the South, Midwest, and Appalachia will have to reduce emission that contribute to air pollution along the East Coast. 

Coal plants will probably be affected the most.  They are currently dealing with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

The suit was filed in 2011. 

The downwind pollution rule was triggered by a federal court throwing out a previous Bush administration regulation reported The Register Herald.