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Wolverine Coal Plant, MI

STATUS: Indefinitely Delayed

TYPE: Clean coal

OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE)

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND:  In 2007 the developer proposed a $1.3 billion, 600 mega-watt coal-fired base load power plant near Rogers City on the Lake Huron coast.  Local officials approved the special use permits needed.  In September 2008, the developer obtained a draft air permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). In February 2009, then-Governor Granholm issued an executive order required the developer to demonstrate the coal plant was necessary.   In September, the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled the developer failed to demonstrate necessity.  On May 21, 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) rejected the air permit due to alleged lack of necessity, not the developer’s inability to meet federal and state clean air requirements.  In August, the developer sued.  In October, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club were given permission to intervene and join the DNRE as defendants in the permit denial suit.  Sierra Club joined the suit in keeping with its national policy to litigate against all coal plants due to alleged CO2 pollution.

SOURCES: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/x1098987347/Agencies-work-to-define-new-roles-when-it-comes-to-coal-plants

LAST UPDATED:  November 23, 2010