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Office of the Attor­ney Gen­er­al Sup­ports Spe­cial Mas­ter Rul­ing that Aims to Resolve Years-Long Mul­ti­state Dis­pute Over the Rio Grande

A Special Master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico by asking the Supreme Court to approve a settlement that makes critical progress toward ensuring proper distribution of the Rio Grande’s resources.  

July 18, 2023 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Secures $85 Mil­lion Set­tle­ment in Prin­ci­ple with Volk­swa­gen and Audi Over Their Vio­la­tions of Texas Envi­ron­men­tal Laws

Attorney General Paxton has agreed to a settlement agreement in principle with Volkswagen and Audi after the car manufacturers employed the use of illegal emission-evading technology in violation of Texas environmental laws.

May 25, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Secures Major Vic­to­ry After Suing Biden’s EPA to Pro­tect Texas’s Envi­ron­men­tal Management

In a case with wide-ranging consequences for the State of Texas, Attorney General Paxton successfully stopped the Biden Administration’s judge-shopping efforts and secured the stay of an Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) action that would have imperiled the State’s ability to properly manage its environment. 

May 08, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Announces $1.4 Mil­lion Set­tle­ment with Total­En­er­gies Over Unlaw­ful Pollution

Attorney General Paxton has secured a $1.4 million settlement in an environmental enforcement action against a Port Arthur refinery operated by TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (“TotalEnergies”).  

May 03, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Blasts Pro­posed EPA Rule that Would Crip­ple Eco­nom­ic Development

Attorney General Paxton sent a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), offering critical commentary on a proposed new rule that would crush economic development in different parts of the United States.  

April 17, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Com­bats D.C. Government’s Effort to Impose Rad­i­cal Envi­ron­men­tal Agenda

Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief to ward off current and future efforts by local and state governments to impose radical environmental policies through the court system.

March 31, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Peti­tions U.S. Supreme Court to Affirm the Role that States Play in Reg­u­lat­ing Their Own Environment

Attorney General Paxton joined a West Virginia-led cert-stage amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case that has important implications for states’ ability to protect their environment.  

March 21, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Secures Pre­lim­i­nary Injunc­tion Against Biden’s Rad­i­cal Waters of the Unit­ed States” Rule

Attorney General Paxton successfully halted the implementation of a new, burdensome Biden Administration regulation that would have limited Texans’ freedoms and hampered economic growth.  

March 20, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Urges Biden Admin­is­tra­tion to Aban­don Efforts to Impose Oner­ous Envi­ron­men­tal Require­ments on Fed­er­al Contractors

Attorney General Paxton joined a coalition led by Kentucky and West Virginia to submit a comment letter to the Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”), requesting that these federal entities abandon their plans to impose new environmental regulations on federal contractors. 

March 03, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Sues Biden Admin­is­tra­tion to Pre­vent it from Block­ing Texas’s Man­age­ment of its Own Environment

Attorney General Paxton has filed a petition for review challenging an order by President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) that disapproves Texas’s state implementation plan (“SIP”), which was developed in coordination with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) to ensure that Texas complied with federal air quality standards.  

February 14, 2023 | Press Release