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A regional haze plan for Texas that’s expected to cost utilities billions is good news for national parks, but bad news for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
A court denied the agency’s request for an extended deadline to issue the plan, which would have given the EPA over a year in additional time. The deadline now stands at Sept. 9.
Pruitt previously criticized EPA’s approach to state haze plans when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general.
On the other hand, environmentalists are celebrating the court’s decision. The plan would require utilities to spend money on air emissions controls to improve visibility in national parks like Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains.
The EPA is figuring out its next steps.
Anheuser-Busch, the country’s largest brewer, and breweries around the country are stopping production in some locations to fill cans with drinking water for Hurricane Harvey victims.
But don’t expect a beer shortage; Anheuser-Busch’s breweries outside Texas are still producing beer.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has suspended its usual inspections in Hurricane Harvey-affected areas to focus on compliance and disaster assistance. If you’re outside the affected area, you’re still on the hook.
The House and Senate return from their summer recess this week.
“There is not a gas shortage in the United States. There is a logistics issue.” — Ryan Sitton, commissioner at the Texas Railroad Commission, responding to calls and reports of high prices and long lines at gas stations.
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