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TPPF Files Lawsuit to Halt EPA Violation of Clean Air Act


Texas Public Policy Foundation,  by Caroline Espinosa

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), through its litigation Center for the American Future, filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of standards issued by the Air Resources Board for tractors, excavators, and other nonroad vehicles. The case, Dalton Trucking v. EPA, was filed Tuesday with the 9th Circuit federal appellate court in San Francisco. The petitioners argue that EPA violated the Clean Air Act by rubber-stamping California’s stringent standards without inquiring whether those standards were actually needed to protect the health and welfare of California residents, as required by the Act.

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TPPF Statement on Oklahoma



AUSTIN –The Texas Public Policy Foundation today commended Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for issuing an executive order stating that Oklahoma will not file a State Implementation Plan (SIP) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulating carbon dioxide emission produced by Oklahoma power plants. Additionally, the order requests Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to take any necessary action to protect the state of Oklahoma and its citizens from federal actions that impinge on their rights and freedom. Texas Public Policy Foundation Fueling Freedom Project Director Doug Domenech issued the following statement on Gov. Fallin’s executive order:

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TPPF releases “EPA as Overlord of U.S. Electric Power”

From the Texas Public Policy Foundation, by Caroline Espinosa, 10/06/14 –


Clean Power Plan represents federal takeover of
entire U.S. system of electric generation

AUSTIN – Today the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a report by Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director Kathleen Hartnett White on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). The paper, EPA as Overlord of U.S. Electric Power, examines the ramifications of the proposed rule to require a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the electrical sector by 2030. Texas would be burdened far more than any other state, and compliance with the Clean Power Plan mandates would require extensive changes in Texas law, including a re-regulation of Texas’ competitive electrical market.

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Homeland Security Agents Raid Home to Seize Land Rover For Violation of EPA Regulations

Protecting America from the deadly threat posed by vehicles which flout emission standards

From InfoWars.com, by Paul Joseph Watson | July 29, 2014

In another example of how the Department of Homeland Security has expanded far outside the purview of its original function, six vehicles full of DHS agents were required to seize a Land Rover from a couple in Statesville, N.C. due to the fact that the vehicle allegedly violates EPA emission standards.

As part of its mission to “protect the Homeland,” the DHS has been busy seizing imported vehicles that don’t comply with safety and CO2 regulations.

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Report backs EPA order on water contamination in Parker County

Khampha Bouaphanh /  Star-Telegram

Khampha Bouaphanh / Star-Telegram

From Star-Telegram, By Ramit Plushnick-Masti (AP), 12/24/13 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was justified in ordering that drinking water be provided to several Parker County residents whose water wells were contaminated with methane and cancer-causing benzene in 2010, but additional work needs to be done to assess whether a risk still exists, according to an internal investigation released Tuesday.

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Appeals judges return Range suit against homeowners to district court

By News Wires 02 April 2013 22:00 GMT

By News Wires 02 April 2013 22:00 GMT

From Star-Telegram, By Jim Fuquay, 04/02/13 – Range Resources Corp.’s lawsuit against Parker County homeowners who accused the Fort Worth-based producer of fouling their water well should go back to a Weatherford state district court, the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ruled this week.

It’s the latest development in a proceeding that has included a high-profile enforcement action in 2010 that was later withdrawn by the Environmental Protection Agency against Fort Worth-based Range.

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U.S. Fifth Circuit rebukes EPA

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August 13, 2012

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Texas Public Policy Foundation praises U.S. Fifth Circuit’s rebuke of EPA

Appeals court: EPA overreached in rejecting Texas’ Flexible Permit Program

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation praises today’s ruling by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection of Texas’ Flexible Permit program violated the federal Clean Air Act.

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Animal rights group to sue pork farmers over … paperwork problems?

From The Daily Caller, by , 07/11/2012 – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) picked a fight with pig  farmers Wednesday, announcing its intent to sue 51 pork producers over what it  said was a failure to report discharges of ammonia into the environment.

But the National Pork Producers Council, a farmers’ trade group, told The Daily Caller that the animal rights group was taking “alleg[ed] … paperwork  violations” and weaving them into a made-up environmental disaster.

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EPA’s ‘crucifixion’ enforcement strategy

From Texas Public Policy Foundation, by David Guenthner, May 2, 2012 – Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency often describe it as a job-killing agency. But is crucifixion really among its chosen methods?

Al Armendariz, the EPA’s regional administrator for Texas and surrounding states, resigned Monday after video footage showed him comparing the EPA’s enforcement philosophy to the ancient Roman practice of using public crucifixions to cow the populace in conquered territories.

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EPA Official Not Only Touted ‘Crucifying’ Oil Companies, He Tried It

From Forbes.com, by Christopher Helman, April 26, 2012 –  Confirming what many in the industry long suspected, a video surfaced Wednesday in which Al Armendariz, an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, promotes the idea of crucifying oil companies. Armendariz heads up the EPA’s region 6 office, which is based in Dallas and responsible for oversight of Texas and surrounding states. The former professor at Southern Methodist University was appointed by President Obama in November 2009.

In a talk to colleagues about methods EPA enforcement, Armendariz can be seen saying, “The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

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