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    They have been doing this the entire life of the plant,
    Actually, certain Monroe Plant emissions have significantly declined over the life of the plant.   As of 1982, the Monroe Power Plant discharged about 270,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per year, and SO2 emissions dropped that year by about 120-140,000 tons of SO2 per year as a result of enforcement of Michigan SO2 emission rules [it took a massive citizen campaign to achieve this decision on a 5-4 vote of the Michigan Air Pollution Control Commission at the time.].

    Prior to 1982...from the time of plant construction about 1967-70, the Monroe Plant burned high sulfur coal and back then was discharging over 400,000 tons of SO2 per year.

    The Monroe Plant operates electrostatic precipitators that control PM emissions from the facility, which means they control their PM emissions with emission controls.

    DTE Energy has installed NOX controls on some of the units of the Monroe Power Plant.   Peak NOX emissions were last century and were about 70,000 tons of NOX per year.

    I've never heard any claim by Detroit Edison that they plan to shut down the Monroe Plant if they are required to install emission controls.   Of all of the coal-fired power plants operated by Detroit Edison, the Monroe Power Plant and the Belle River plants, being the newest, will be the last plants that DTE Energy would ever shut down.

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