EPA Overrules Texas

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EPA Overrules Texas Plan to Reduce Haze From Air Pollution at National Parks

Critics called the state’s plan, which rejected a request to cut sulfur emissions at coal plants, a “do nothing” strategy. The EPA now wants six power plants to slash emissions by 80,000 tons.

Martha Pskowski Inside Climate News August 13 2023

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Texas—Reviewing the day’s hike over a dinner of chicken tacos earlier this summer, Cristina Ramirez told her fellow campers that she felt a mix of elation and disappointment.

That morning, the group of campers had tramped up Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,751 feet. The strenuous 8.5-mile round-trip hike attracts thousands of visitors to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas each year. Ramirez, 30, who was visiting from San Antonio, said she savored the opportunity, noting that many of her friends and relatives have never even had the chance to enter a national park.


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