Appeals court blocks EPA's Texas takeover

[Update 1/13/11: the court lifted the stay so the takeover is in effect pending trial.]

“A federal appeals court temporarily blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from taking control of Texas’s carbon-emission rules while it considers the state’s bid to fend off federal intervention.

Texas filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington yesterday, saying the EPA didn’t give adequate notice or allow for comments on a proposed federal takeover of the state’s air permitting program on Jan. 2. Last night, the court ordered the agency to hold off on its plan while the court considers whether to delay the move until the case is resolved.

The appeals court ordered the EPA to respond to Texas’s motion by Jan. 6. Challenges to federal rules are brought directly to appeals courts.”  “Texas Spared EPA Takeover of Carbon-Emission Rules as Court Weighs Move”  H/t Green Hell Blog

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