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Michigan and 14 other states challenge the EPA's Clean Power Plan

Aug 18, 2015

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The state of Michigan has joined with 14 other states in launching a legal challenge to the EPA's Clean Power Plan. That's President Barack Obama's plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by the year 2030.

Attorney Roger Kershner with the Howard and Howard law firm says opponents of the plan seem to be looking to delay the implementation of the rules until they can be reviewed on their merits.

The plan calls for states to implement their own system to meet the requirements, but Kershner says, "We don't know exactly what the rules are yet," only the ultimate goal.

And if states don't create their own system, Kershner says the federal government will step in.

Kershner says the opposition for the plan comes mostly from those with economic stakes in coal and coal-fired power plants "who would like to at least get their investment back before they have to stop operating."

"It's the kind of issue that courts deal with on an expedited basis as a rule," but he says he doesn't expect to see anything from the courts for several months.