US court temporarily halts EPA regulatory takeover in Texas

31 December 2010 19:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A US appeals court temporarily delayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) takeover of greenhouse gas emission permits in Texas, the state attorney general’s office confirmed on Friday.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the temporary stay on Thursday after the state of Texas filed an emergency motion asking for a halt to the EPA’s takeover, which was to begin on 2 January.

The state of Texas was seeking to halt the plan until its court challenge of the federal takeover was resolved.

The appeals court said, “The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the emergency motion for a stay and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”

The court ordered the EPA to file a response to the emergency motion by 6 January.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott accused the EPA on Thursday of trying to push through its plan without giving the state enough time to respond.

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