May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

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Court Blocks Houston from Using Tougher Clean-Air Laws Targeting Refineries

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation’s largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached. The coalition made up of ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries and plants had sued the nation’s fourth-largest city in 2008 after Houston passed ordinances that required businesses to pay registration fees based on the number and type of pollution sources on each site. The city used the fees to investigate potential violations of air pollution laws. The ordinances also made it unlaw

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