Texas, Miss., considering suit over EPA's new ozone limits

Is Texas preparing to sue the federal government to stop implementation of tough, new ozone standards? That question was raised by an e-mail sent Thursday to the attorneys general in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The e-mail indicates that Mississippi is looking for partners to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency, and that Texas has expressed an interest. Gov. Rick Perry's office said Thursday that legal action is possible. "We're keeping our options open," said Allison Castle, a Perry spokeswoman.

State leaders have argued for months that the new standards, which lower the acceptable level of ozone in the air, would create a huge economic burden in areas like Dallas-Fort Worth without providing much benefit to human health or the environment.

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