U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News

Paxton joins 20-state coalition of attorneys general in letter to EPA regarding WOTUS rules

By Karen Kidd | Jul 6, 2017

AUSTIN – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army are moving to rescind the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) following a 20-state coalition, including Texas, calling for the preservation of the states' role in protecting the nation’s water sources.

Government watchdog files FOIA lawsuit seeking alleged EPA encryption documents

By Carrie Salls | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Judicial Watch Inc. filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that some Environmental Protection Agency officials “may have used the cellphone encryption application ‘Signal’ to thwart government oversight and transparency,” according to a Judicial Watch news release.

Paxton files petition on EPA's sulfur dioxide standards

By Laura Halleman | Feb 16, 2017

AUSTIN – A petition has been filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the U.S.  Court of Appeals in the 5th Circuit and the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court requesting that the air quality standards for sulfur dioxide, as issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, be reviewed.

Wouldn't it be nice if the EPA were defanged?

By The SE Texas Record | Dec 5, 2016

Whom will President-elect Donald Trump nominate to head the Environmental Protection Agency?

Proposed state-focused environmental regulation changes could reduce lawsuits, says expert

By Carrie Salls | Dec 1, 2016

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The Heartland Institute’s “Action Plan for President Trump” calls for a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current rules and regulations and the establishment of a committee of state environmental leaders to make future policy decisions.  

EPA, activists near agreement on natural gas emissions review

By Kate Jacobson | Oct 19, 2016

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has offered to reach an agreement with a group of non-profits that sued the agency over emission factors.

Texas AG reaches $50M partial settlement with Volkswagen

By David Yates | Jun 28, 2016

AUSTIN – On June 28 Texas’ chief lawyer announced a partial settlement has been reached with Volkswagen worth $50 million.

Texas, W.Va. AGs ask EPA to halt spending on Clean Power Plan

By Chris Dickerson | May 25, 2016

AUSTIN — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stop spending federal tax dollars to comply with the halted Power Plan.

Sierra Club denies Texas' many claims against EPA's regional haze plan

By Whitney Wright | May 23, 2016

DALLAS – Lawyers for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently filed a brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that because of the national implications of Texas and Oklahoma's regional haze plans, including coal-fired power plant emissions drifting into neighboring areas and states, any challenges to its rulemaking in the matter should be heard in the D.C. Circuit.

Texas attorney general claims EPA's regional haze ruling is expensive and unnecessary

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 7, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a case about the state’s regional haze issues.

Clay Dugas initiates ‘defeat device’ suit against Volkswagen

By David Yates | Jan 19, 2016

BEAUMONT – Local attorney Clay Dugas is representing an area resident in a “defeat device” suit against Volkswagen. A defeat device, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is any apparatus that unduly reduces the effectiveness of emissions control systems under conditions a vehicle may reasonably be expected to experience. Through Dugas, Victor Fulton filed his suit Jan. 12 in Jefferson County District Court.

Kilgore College named in whistleblower's suit

By Hanna Nakano | Jan 3, 2016

TYLER — A former employee alleges that the junior college where he worked fired him because he contacted authorities and the media about asbestos issues on campus.

Texas, W.Va. attorneys general underscore legal limits of Obama administration on climate accord

By David Yates | Nov 24, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have called on U.S.

Texas AG applauds stay of ‘illegal’ water rule

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2015

On Oct. 9 a federal court halted the Obama Administration’s new waters of the U.S.

Texas AG sues Volkswagen over environmental violations

By David Yates | Oct 8, 2015

On Oct. 8 Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against Volkswagen and Audi over violations of state consumer protection laws, along with a separate suit charging that the companies violated clean air standards in Texas.

Paxton to EPA: Don't mess with Texas!

By The SE Texas Record | Aug 24, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott spent much time and energy in his previous position as state attorney general fighting against the attempted usurpations of the Obama Administration, those of the Environmental Protection Agency in particular.

Paxton calls on EPA to halt Carbon Rule

By David Yates | Aug 21, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to halt its Carbon Rule from taking effect, allowing the courts more time to consider legal challenges to the rule.

Texas AG urges EPA to extend effective date of new water rule

By David Yates | Jul 30, 2015

On July 30 Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a collation of states urging the Environmental Protection Agency to push back the start date of its new rule governing all U.S. waters.

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