Attorney General Nessel pulls Michigan from lawsuits challenging environmental protections

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is pulling the state out of lawsuits filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (WWMT/File/Contributed)

Michigan’s new Democratic Attorney General said she will pull the state out of four lawsuits, filed by her Republican predecessor, that challenge federal environmental protection standards.

Dana Nessel announced she will withdraw Michigan from two cases challenging the Clean Power Plan. The plan was put into place by the Obama Administration in an attempt to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The other cases Nessel is withdrawing the state from are lawsuits involving Environmental Protection Agency policies surrounding mercury and other toxic substances emitted by power plants and methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

During his tenure, former Attorney General Bill Schuette joined other states on these suits against the EPA.

“Under my watch," Nessel said, "Michigan will not be a party to lawsuits that challenge the reasonable regulations aimed at curbing climate change and protecting against exposure to mercury and other toxic substances."

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