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NEWS RELEASE


Monday, May 25, 1998 
for immediate release 		          				.

Contact:
Mary Ginnebaugh 313-676-1233
Rick Coronado 519-973-1116
Gary Parent 519-258-6400
Pegg Roberts 313-312-6118

Environmentalists Challenge EPA to take Action to Stop Conners Creek Start-up

Detroit Michigan:  DETROIT EDISON IS SCHEDULED TO START-UP THE CONNERS CREEK
POWER PLANT BY JULY 1,1998. THERE ARE NUMEROUS CLEAN AIR ACT VIOLATIONS IN
CONNECTION WITH THE PLANT START-UP.  FOR EXAMPLE, DETROIT EDISON HAS FAILED
TO OBTAIN THE AIR EMISSION PERMIT. SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF EMISSION STANDARDS
WILL BE THE RESULT OF NON- PERMITTED OPERATIONS.  DETROIT EDISON PLANS TO
RESTART CONNERS CREEK TO MEET ANTICIPATED ENERGY DEMANDS, SUCH AS AIR
CONDITIONING FOR THE SUBURBS AND FUTURE PROJECTED USAGE.  DETROIT EDISON HAS
NOT CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION  OF ALTERNATIVES TO BURNING COAL AT CONNERS
CREEK NOR MEANS TO CONSERVE POWER AND REDUCE DEMAND DURING PEAK PERIODS.

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), the American Lung Association of
Michigan (ALAM), the Creekside Development Corporation (CDC), Mariner
Village River Association (MVRA), the Morningside Development Corporation
(MDC), the Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario and the
Windsor & District Labour Council are challenging the EPA to uphold the
spirit of the Clean Air Act.  The mothballed, coal-burning Conners Creek
Plant is located in Detroit on the Detroit River, across from  Windsor,
Ontario and immediately upstream from the only free swimming beach in
Detroit located on Belle Isle.  

Starting up this plant will result in the emission of more than 100 tons per
year of:

	* Sulfur Dioxide, resulting in increased Acid Rain in Ontario and
Northeast U.S.;

	* Nitrogen Oxides, resulting in increased ground level ozone;

  	* Particulate Matter, resulting in additional respiratory disease.

Detroit Edison does not plan to upgrade Conners Creek with modern pollution
control equipment, because the utility believes the stricter emission
regulation required of new or modified plants do  not apply to this
grandfathered unit.  The renewed operation of Conners Creek would exacerbate
environmental and health problems, such as:

	* increased mercury exposure to fish, wildlife and ultimately humans;
	* increased air pollutants leading to ozone smog and increased severity and
incidence of asthma attacks and other diseases;
	* carbon dioxide emissions, a major greenhouse gas; and,
	* emission impacts on downwind communities including those in Ontario and
some of the poorest in Detroit.

A recent Ontario Medical Association report states that "air pollution in
southern Ontario is a public health crisis that is killing both young and
old alike.  Air quality is the worst in Windsor because of transboundary
pollutants from the U.S...."  Ontario Doctors have urged governments and
industries to cut air emissions  ".... including sulfur and nitrogen oxides
from coal burning electrical facilities."

The principle of Environmental Justice demands the fair treatment of all
people such that no population is forced to shoulder a disproportionate
share of environmental impacts from pollution. Previous studies by
Environment Canada on the Detroit Incinerator, indicate that the Walpole
Island First Nation,  at the mouth of the St. Clair River,  will be directly
impacted by the emissions from this facility.

Political posturing on the issuance of the permit will take place on
Tuesday, May 26th, in a conference call scheduled for 2:00 pm. The above
groups challenge EPA to halt the start-up of this outdated plant and deny
permit issuance until:

	1. At the very least, current air pollution control measures are incorporated; 
	
	2. Safer and cleaner alternatives to coal burning are found, such as
natural gas, that lessen  the impact on this region that is already under
tremendous stress from existing coal burning electrical facilities and other
types of industrial emissions.  



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