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Michigan accepts EPA clean power plan

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will comply with environmental regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Clean Power Plan of the Environmental Protection Agency requires states to demonstrate their compliance with emission reduction targets, according to the Washington Examiner.

By 2030, the plan aims to cut state emissions by 32 percent.

To achieve it, the plan mandates higher efficiency for coal plants and fewer emissions, as well as increased reliance on renewable energy and natural gas.

The 1,560-page final rule covers the legal authority for the regulations as well as possible options for states to achieve the goal.

One option is a carbon tax where states can swap emission allowances to stay within the rules or establish a broader, regional plan.

West Virginia leads 14 other states in a lawsuit against the EPA to prevent the rules from taking effect.

In announcing Michigan’s compliance, Snyder said that “We need to seize the opportunity to make Michigan’s energy decisions in Lansing, not leave them in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”

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