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E-M:/ Cox says coal ban is illegal

AG: Decision to deny permits for new plants exceeds gov's authority.
LANSING -- State Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday that Gov. Jennifer Granholm exceeded her legal authority this month when she directed state regulators to deny permits for new coal-fired power plants if there were "feasible and prudent alternatives," such as wind and solar.

"Governors can sign bills into law, but they cannot write them. That is the legislature's job," Cox said in a statement. "If the governor wants to pursue changes to law, the legislature is the proper forum."

Granholm disagreed with Cox's decision and said she would take the matter to the federal Environmental Protection Agency for clarification.

"As a former attorney general, the governor believes he has misread both state and federal law," said Liz Boyd, the governor's press secretary.


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