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22 States Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal Rules

Michigan is among them

August 13, 2019 - 1:58 pm

(WWJ/AP)  A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states, including Michigan, has sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding required upgrades for coal-fired power plants.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants' greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Michigan Attorney General's Office, the new rule rolls back the limits and will have virtually no impact on power plant emissions, prolonging the nation’s reliance on polluting, expensive coal power plants and obstructing progress toward clean, renewable, and affordable electricity generation.        

“My colleagues and I are deeply concerned with the blatant disregard the Trump administration has for science and the imminent threat to all presented by climate change,” said AG Dana Nessel. “The Clean Power Plan was an important step in the right direction to protect our environment and public health.  We will not back down from this fight as our country and the entire world will be negatively affected by Trump’s Dirty Power Rule.”

Along with Michigan, the suit was filed by attorneys general in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin District of Columbia.