DALLAS (AP) - The federal government has rejected a Texas plan allowing industrial polluters to avoid some Clean Air Act requirements.

The Environmental Protection Agency said in September it wouldn't support several aspects of Texas' air-pollution permitting program, and the portion regarding modification of industrial plants was formally rejected Wednesday. The Clean Air Act exemptions allowed under the state rule included one requiring public review.

The EPA has been meeting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, industry representatives and environmental groups to change Texas' permitting practices.

The EPA is expected to issue two more final decisions on the permitting program later this year.