Gov. Rick Perry is asking President Barack Obama to prevent federal environmental regulators from taking over the Texas air quality program.
Perry sent a letter to Obama on Friday. The governor says the Texas program for permitting pollutants released by petrochemical plants has helped improved air quality.
On Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency regional director
Al Armendariz announced regulators were preparing to completely
take over the Texas air quality program if the state fails to comply with the Clean Air Act. The EPA says the Texas permitting program makes regulating pollution impossible.
Perry letter says the EPA's action will replace a successful program with a "less effective Washington-based, bureaucratic-led command and control mandate."