AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with the Environmental Protection Agency in an ongoing dispute with Texas and Wyoming over reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered the ruling Friday. The 2-1 decision amounts to a defense of the federal Clean Air Act that has faced repeated challenges from Texas, which leads the nation in greenhouse gas emissions.

Federal environmental regulators have required states to include greenhouse gases when issuing pollution permits since 2011. The EPA took over Texas' permitting program when the state refused to comply.

Environmental groups cheered the ruling. Cyrus Reed of the Sierra Club said "Carbon pollution protections are the law, even in Texas."

Aides to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.





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