Stockman gets promise from EPA to unclog Texas jobs pipeline, offers to host Town Hall with EPA Administrator
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday extracted a promise from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to take immediate action on permits to expand refineries and export facilities in Southeast Texas.
“The EPA has a history of making promises they have no intention to honor, so I’ll work to hold her to her word,” said Stockman. “Folks in Southeast Texas are waiting on 13,000 new jobs in and $52 billion in new economic growth that’s being held up by the EPA.”
EPA officials have not taken action on a permit by ExxonMobil to expand its Baytown facility, and on another company’s permit to export coal overseas.
“There’s a lot of jobs in my district that are dependent, unfortunately, on your decisions,” said Stockman. “I have people coming to my town hall meetings saying ‘we want the jobs’ and I have to tell them ‘I’m sorry but someone from the EPA is not letting us have the jobs.’ I’m just begging you, please open your heart up, get these permits done. They’ve done the work, they’ve complied with all the regulations.”
McCarthy said she would work with Stockman to expedite permits.
Stockman then invited McCarthy to come to Texas for a town hall meeting where she can hear directly from workers waiting for jobs that are being held up by EPA inaction on permits. He did not get a response.
“I hope the EPA will work with me so folks back home can get to work.”