STATUS: Prolonged Delay
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club
BACKGROUND: In May 2007, the developer announced plans to build an 830-megawatt clean coal unit at its Karn/Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City, Michigan at a cost of approximately $2 billion. It applied to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for an air permit in the fall of 2007. The permit was granted in December 2009. In March 2010, Sierra Club – in keeping with its national strategy of litigating against all coal plants – and its allies appealed the permit in a State court action claiming DEQ failed to set emission levels in the permit that reflect cleaner fuels, improperly rejected alternatives like energy efficiency and renewables, and didn't regulate CO2 emissions as supposedly required by the federal Clean Air Act. In May, the owner announced that it was deferring but not cancelling construction due to the recession, low energy demand and dropping natural gas prices. In October, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment issued a draft wetlands mitigation permit for the proposed seven acres of excavating and dredging that are part of the construction for the new plant.
LAST UPDATED: November 23, 2010