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A 2010 decision by the U.S. Federal District Court for the
Eastern District of Michigan regarding dismissal of an EPA enforcement case
against the Detroit Edison Monroe Power Plant - one of the largest
coal fired power plants in the United States - has been
reversed by the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals according to
Power Engineering Magazine:

Other coal-fired units of Detroit Edison are also involved in this enforcement action.

EPA issued a notice of violation in 2009  against Detroit Edison alleging violations of
the Clean Air Act, including Detroit Edison's failure to comply with New Source Review
requirements under the Clean Air Act and other violations.   Last March 13, 2013, EPA
renewed its FOV/NOV against Detroit Edison.   See DTE energy documents here:

Here is the Monroe Power Plant:

Originally posted to LakeSuperior on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks, Motor City Kossacks, and Kosowatt.

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  •  Those are two 800 foot stacks on the Monroe Plant (3+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Creosote, eeff
  •  Monroe burns about 20 tons of coal PER MINUTE (3+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, Lujane, Creosote

    Monroe Power Plant burns roughly 20 tons per minute of Powder River Basin coal, spewing almost 20 million tons of CO2, 120,000 tons of SOx and 48,000 tons of NOx into the atmosphere each year.  They have been doing this the entire life of the plant, and they have been fighting the installation of emissions control equipment since at least the early 1990.  Like other coal fired power plants, they continue to operate without emissions controls and threaten to shut the plant down if forced to install controls.   It's past time to call their bluff.  

    •  You said: (4+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Creosote, eeff, Alma
      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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