Environmental Groups Call for Continued Action on State Clean Power Plan

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February 16, 2016

Contact: Marissa Luna, 989-798-3051, marissa@engagemichigan.org

Environmental Groups Call for Continued Action on State Clean Power Plan

State elected officials announced they will suspend state implementation plan pending Supreme Court resolution

MICHIGAN – Groups fighting for clean air and water spoke out today against Governor Rick Snyder’s decided to suspend state activities to comply with the Clean Power Plan pending a Supreme Court resolution. Last week, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of the Clean Power Plan, halting federal enforcement of the plan.

“This is a huge disappointment to communities impacted by pollution and Michiganders who have been working for decades to hold polluters accountable and stop power plants from polluting our air,” said Clay Carpenter, campaign organizer for Clean Water Action. “Our governor has made the wrong choice. He should seize this opportunity to drive forward innovation, job creation, and protect public health and our environment, not further delay progress.”

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette is one of 26 attorneys general challenging the Clean Power Plan even though a majority of Americans support the rule.

“Communities of color are the most heavily impacted by pollution from power plants and have to deal every day with the detrimental health, safety, and economic impacts of living under the shadow of polluting coal plants. That our elected leaders would delay action to protect communities experiencing the brunt of pollution is unfathomable,” said Dortheá Thomas of Michigan United. “People’s lives are at stake, but AG Schuette and Governor Snyder only seem to be concerned about protecting the bottom line of the biggest polluters.”

The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on pollution from existing power plants and has been cited as the single most important action in the United States to curb global warming. The plan is critical to protecting Michigan’s water, agriculture, and public health from the serious impacts of carbon pollution from power plants. The Snyder Administration originally announced that the state would develop a State Carbon Implementation Plan (SCIP) to submit to the federal government in September of 2016, with intentions to engage the public and various stakeholders in the process.

“Governor Snyder owes the people of Michigan something better than continuing to protect corporate polluters. Public health must be prioritized,” said Alexis Blizman, legislative and policy director for the Ecology Center. “We will not accept continued delays and will continue to push him to act in the best interest of Michiganders’ impacted by pollution.”

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Clean Energy Now is a coalition of groups that supports policies that will move Michigan beyond coal power and toward greater use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency as a way to protect the environment and build prosperity. Follow the campaign at CleanEnergyNowMI.org.

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