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Planned Investments Have Been Hampered by EPA Permitting Delays
WASHINGTON (February 6, 2014) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week delegating authority over greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
“We welcome EPA’s decision to put Texas in charge of GHG permitting, which brings us one step closer to a streamlined permitting process that lets manufacturers capitalize on American shale gas to build, expand and create jobs. We are hopeful that with its new authority, TCEQ can remove the backlog in permit applications that grew under EPA—due in part to federal statutes it was required to add to its review—and delayed a number of large projects slated for Texas.
“Shale gas has proven itself a strong catalyst for U.S. manufacturing growth. The chemical industry is planning 143 projects worth $96 billion in potential capital investment, 55 percent of which is by companies based abroad. To go forward, those investing in these projects need certainty as to the processes and timing for obtaining permits.
“EPA’s action follows encouraging remarks by the President in his State of the Union Address, in which he committed to helping make sure shale-related manufacturing projects happen. Permitting issues must not be a roadblock, and we are excited to work with the White House to get these projects permitted and built.”