“EPA Blames Texas For Illinois Air Pollution”

EPA Administratrix Gina McCarthy

EPA Administratrix Gina McCarthy

These federal agencies are out of control. The IRS has been targeting conservative groups, Homeland Security is doing everything it can to reduce security in the homeland, and the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to shut down every successful entity in the country. Now they are going after the state of Texas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blaming power plants in Texas for Illinois air pollution and is using the accusation to justify restrictions on Texas power plants. EPA claims its cross-state pollution rule, intended to protect communities in one state from pollution drifting from other states, justifies placing restrictions on Texas power plants EPA claims are polluting Granite City, Illinois.

EPA’s assertion Texas power plants are causing Illinois pollution raised eyebrows for several reasons. Granite City is approximately 500 miles from the Texas border and even farther away from Lone Star State major metropolitan regions. Granite City is northeast of Texas, with prevailing winds rarely trekking in that direction from Texas. In addition, a local steel mill, which has been an important source of the town’s prosperity since the 1890s, has long been recognized as a primary source of air pollution in Granite City.

EPA, however, claims it has devised computer models that indicate some sulfur dioxide from Texas power plants may reach Granite City, which has a population of 30,000.”

They have devised, “Computer models”. Again, the scientists have come up with a theory and then found, or manufactured, evidence to support their position. This is quite common in the environmental movement and their assertions are always wrong. This one is as well.

Texas was only included in portions of the rule based on the projected impact on a single county in Illinois. And the air quality monitor in Illinois which EPA claims had the fingerprints of Texas pollution on it was located right next to a smelter. On this thin legal reed the EPA is imposing restrictions on Texas several times as severe as states with much more significant interstate pollution problems,” said Kathleen White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) agreed, saying EPA failed to account properly for the steel mill’s influence on Granite City’s air pollution. Of the three air pollution monitors in the town and surrounding Madison County, the only one allegedly linked to Texas is the one downwind of the steel mill.”

Phony data from a flawed source. That’s typical of the environmentalists and the Obama administration in general.

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4 Responses to “EPA Blames Texas For Illinois Air Pollution”

  1. Diesel says:

    What a load of crap, have you ever been to Granite City, IL. it is self polluting. I better be careful, Granite City will be next on the EPA hit list because they have steel mills. By comparison to places like Beijing, it is pristine.

  2. RJ says:

    The headline should read

    “EPA determined to choke the life out of the successful Texas Economy manufactures fraudulent data to justify shutting down coal fired electricity plants in Texas”

    Just FYI Texas has a stand alone power grid, if pisses the leftist and commies off to no end. They know as long as Texas produces it’s own energy it could tell DC to piss up a rope.

  3. Testa Sterone says:

    I remember several, actually many, years ago when Chicago sued Milwaukee for water pollution and won and Milwaukee had to rebuild their water treatment facilities. I’ve been to Chicago many times and they needed no help polluting their own waters. When Milwaukee turned around and sued Chicago for air pollution, supported by satellite photos, the courts threw it out. The EPA was rather fledgling at the time but they were definitely partisan all the way since the courts and their offices were both in Chicago. As a typical governmental entity, the EPA is not to be trusted under any circumstances.

  4. reboot says:

    I would tell them they are securing electricity to kommipornia and not exporting anything to any state not adjacent to them. That will get their attention.

    Screw them.