Archive for posts tagged ‘air’

Texas Cities Can Enforce State-Level Air Pollution Laws

In 2007, Houston created its own air quality program to enforce at the municipal level laws that the state would not.  A local trade group with a masterfully euphemistic name – the Business Coalition for Clean Air (BCCA) – sued the city and argued that state air quality statutes preempted the program.  The city claimed… Full Story

Clean Air Act Doesn’t Preempt Dallas’ Green Taxi Program

The Fifth Circuit has upheld a Dallas ordinance that incentivizes taxi operators to convert to compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles by allowing them to cut to the front of holding lines at municipally owned Love Field.  The Association of Taxicab Operators (ATO) had challenged the ordinance, claiming it was preempted under the Clean Air Act… Full Story