Supreme Court rules against EPA on power plant regulations

(WLNS) – Some are calling it a win others say it is a sizable loss. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency when it came to newly adopted regulations on Mercury Emissions from Coal Plants.

Michigan was one of the states involved in the suit.

Coal is the primary fuel for energy here in Michigan that is why this case carried so much weight.

It all boiled down to money and how much it would cost for states to update their coal plants to release less mercury which contaminates the air and water supply. The court ruled that the EPA ignored a law requiring them to analyze the cost before announcing the new air toxin and mercury regulations. Instead of getting rid of the rules completely, the case was sent back to a lower court while the EPA totals up the cost.

However, the new regulations which took effect in April will be enforced while the case is sorted out. If mercury gets into your body it can cause major damage to the nervous system.

Michigan’s two dominant utilities Consumers Energy and DTE Energy said they were retire several of their coal plants around the state regardless of how the case ends.

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