Nessel joins fight against Trump’s coal plant, water, for-profit college rules

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    Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined three multi-state efforts opposing the President Donald Trump administration rules on harmful air pollution, wetland regulation and “loopholes in federal laws” that may deceive veterans in school advertisements.

    Nessel’s office announced in a Friday press release that she has joined dozens of other attorneys general across the country in signing onto the three letters of protest.

    Dana Nessel, March 22, 2019 | Susan J. Demas

    The first urged the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee to “close loopholes in federal laws that entice for-profit schools to heavily market to veterans” with what Nessel describes as “high-pressure and deceptive sales tactics.”

    In the second letter, Nessel joined 20 other attorneys general in opposing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to loosen regulations on mercury and other hazardous pollutants that emanate from coal-fired power plants.

    She teamed up with 14 other attorneys general in a third effort that opposes Trump administration moves to cut regulation bringing wetlands, small streams and lakes under the federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.

    “The Clean Water Act serves as a backstop for Michigan, protecting our state from those who seek to dial back Michigan’s most stringent regulations on the Great Lakes and our thousands of waterways across the state,” Nessel said in a statement. “This proposed rule change is watered-down policy that fails to protect the very waters we are entrusted with.”

    Michael Gerstein
    Michael Gerstein covers the governor’s office, criminal justice and the environment. Before that, he wrote about state government and politics for the Detroit News, the Associated Press and MIRS News and won a Society of Professional Journalism award for open government reporting. He studied philosophy at Michigan State University, where he wrote for both The State News and Capital News Service. He began his journalism career freelancing for The Sturgis Journal, his hometown paper.

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