Court OKs new coal-fired unit at Holland plant

The Michigan appeals court says state regulators legally approved the City of Holland's application to expand one of its coal-fired power plants.
AP Wire
Mar 23, 2013

Environmental groups sued in 2011, saying the plan didn't comply with the Clean Air Act and that the state didn't consider cleaner technologies.

But the appeals court disagreed in a ruling released Friday that affirmed a decision from an Ingham County judge. The three-judge panel says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality conducted an adequate analysis of the best available power-generating technologies.

In 2011, state environmental officials reversed an earlier decision and approved a permit to install a 78-megawatt boiler at the city-owned power plant. It was to replace an 11-megawatt coal generator built in 1953.

Comments

Lanivan

How exciting! While the power plants throughout the country are tearing down their coal-fired smokestacks, which spew toxic mercury and other poisons, and replace them with cheap, clean natural gas-fired furnaces, Holland is busy replacing an 11-watt coal generator with a 78-watt boiler.

Hmmm...."In 2011, state environmental officials reversed an earlier decision and approved a permit to install a 78-megawatt boiler at the city-owned power plant. It was to replace an 11-megawatt coal generator built in 1953".

Makes one wonder just what happened in 2011 to change their minds.

Wingmaster

Wonder if Fracking was used to get the Natural gas for those gas fired furnaces? Hmm, environmental sound? What say you?

Lanivan

Fracking is a necessary evil. It's not an ideal method of extraction, but there has been a lot of environmentally sound improvements in recent years, and, as an added plus, these improvements have lowered fracking costs, so they are more likely to be implemented by the natural gas industry.

I have yet to find information on what is more damaging to the environment and communities - fracking or coal-fired boilers spewing mercury and other toxins.

Wingmaster

Torn on this one myself. Need to understand more about ground water impact of Fracking. Need to see/read/hear more to tip me solidly in this direction.

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