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TCEQ and EPA reach Agreement To Recognize Flexible Permits For Texas

Big Spring, TX (Big 2 News) - "We all have a common goal on reducing emissions. This pretty much clarified how we reduce emissions," said Jimmy Crosby, senior vice president for Alon Refinery in Big Spring.
Big Spring, TX (Big 2 News) - "We all have a common goal on reducing emissions. This pretty much clarified how we reduce emissions," said Jimmy Crosby, senior vice president for Alon Refinery in Big Spring.

After years of disagreements, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are finally on the same page.

"Now we have a direction that we can go in. Before we were kind of in limbo, we had EPA's determinations of what permits need to be and we had Texas," Crosby said.

Crosby from says this uncertainty started about four years ago.

That's around the time when the EPA attempted to overturn the TCEQ's long term flexible permitting program, saying it did not meet federal clean air standards.

"EPA now is recognizing those flexible permits versus individual permits for pieces of equipment," Crosby said.

State Attorney General Greg Abbott released this statement in part saying:

"This agreement strikes the right balance between helping keep the air we breathe clean while allowing Texas businesses to operate efficiently and create jobs."

"It makes a difference for refineries cause it's easier for us to control stuff over the group and that way we make sure we're totally reducing emissions," said Crosby.


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