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Michigan pauses compliance with carbon rule after ruling

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Michigan is suspending a plan to comply with federal requirements for reducing carbon emissions from power plants after the U.S. Supreme Court put the rules on hold until legal challenges are resolved.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration announced the decision Tuesday, a week after the high court's stay.

The Michigan Agency for Energy says pausing compliance with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan will have no bearing on announced coal plant retirements, which includes 25 units between 2013 and 2020.

The state previously said it was on track to meet the new requirements.

Michigan's required cut is 31 percent by 2030.

The state says it will still complete modeling already underway.

Critics such as the Sierra Club's Michigan chapter say Snyder's decision to "pull the plug" is "shameful."

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