August 8, 2017

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Sierra Club Ready to Sue on Alleged Air Quality Violations

As required under the federal Clean Air Act, the Sierra Club  has filed a “notice of intent to sue” alleging at least 1330 air quality violations by DTE Energy coal-fired power plants: St. Clair, Belle River, and Trenton Channel.

It is likely that any legal action would seek injunctive relief. DTE Energy’s responsive press release indicated it has already invested $2 billion in the last 10 years to install emissions controls, and would be spending another $1-2 billion to meet new emission regulations.  This is part of the Sierra Club's effort to draw attention to the harm caused by coal-fired pollution through its "Beyond Coal" campaign. 

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Bruce Goodman, Varnum, Environmental Construction Attorney, Electric Power Negotiations Lawyer

Bruce Goodman practices energy law, environmental 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 electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. He regularly posts to his blog...