December 18, 2014

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December 18, 2014

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Coal Plants Sued for Pollution Exceedances

On March 12 the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court against DTE Energy Company alleging violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The complaint cited 1499 instances between January 1, 2007 and June 30, 2012 in which the coal-fired plants of Belle River, River Rouge, St. Clair and Trenton Channel exceeded permitted opacity limits. These exceedances were measured by automatic continuous emission monitors and reported by the company in its required periodic reporting. For relief the Sierra Club is asking the Court to order that these plants:

  • comply with their opacity limits 100 percent of the time;
  • either install additional pollution control equipment or switch operations to natural gas, and;
  • pay civil penalties.

Each of the plants except Belle River is more than 50 years old.

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Bruce Goodman, Varnum Law Firm, Environmental Attorney
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Bruce Goodman practices environmental law, energy law and construction law. His environmental expertise includes air quality permitting work, compliance counseling on air emissions, state and federal enforcement defense issues, and environmental management program development. His energy expertise includes negotiating numerous electric power sales agreements, both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy, state rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project permitting....

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