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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Coal is dead. A Michigan town is at center of battle over what’s next.

Coal power dims in Michigan

Coal once dominated Michigan, but now it’s fading fast. Since 2010, Michigan utilities have retired at least 26 coal generators at 15 power plants, while 17 generators at six plants are set to retire by 2025. Three other old coal plants converted to burning natural gas. This map shows that changing energy landscape. Click on the coal plant icons for details.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Agency data, public announcements and media reports.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Community residents in Dearborn celebrate a win against big pollutors

We breathe a bit easier today

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, January 29, 2018
Community residents celebrate a win against big pollutors as CMS Energy cancels its plan to expand its "Natural" Gas Powerplant in S. Dearborn. 
Click here for Free Press story.

Today CMS Energy announced that they will be pulling the permit proposal which would have expanded their methane gas powerplant in the South end of Dearborn, MI. The methane gas power facility, run by Dearborn Industrial Generation or DIG, proposed the expansion to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality late last year. They cited additional capacity for energy generation at peak heating periods and indicated at least part of this energy would be exported on the energy grid.
On January 16, community residents came out in the hundreds to voice their concerns. Residents explained that it was already difficult to breathe in S. Dearborn and adjacent SW Detroit-- and this plant would be an additional burden of air pollution.
Not only would the plant cause an undue burden on people, but the company failed to provide due diligence in modeling air pollution and overestimated costs for pollution controls. We never even saw an Environmental Justice analysis.

US Representative Debbie Dingell [D-Dearborn] told the FreePress: "We need to ensure that we can provide reliable, affordable energy to all Michiganders, but the need for clean air for our communities is equally important." The real thanks is due to all the countless people who worked tirelessly to put pressure on MDEQ and Consumers to say NO to more unfair contamination! 

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Friday, January 26, 2018

60 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.
To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse at least 60 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources.