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E-M:/ EPA Requests Halt of Conners Creek Restart

Enviro-Mich message from Julie C Metty <mucc@mucc.org>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                     CONTACT: Lana Pollack, MEC,
June 19, 1998              		            Julie Metty, MUCC,


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised Detroit
Edison not to restart its mothballed Conners Creek plant until
outstanding questions about the plant's permit status are resolved.  In
a June 12, 1998 letter to Detroit Edison, the Director of EPA's Region V
Air and Radiation Division, David Kee, stated: 

"Because restarting Conners Creek plant may incur or increase the
company's liability under the regulatory provisions noted above and
otherwise complicate efforts to bring this matter to a prompt
conclusion, and in light of concerns raised by the Canadian government
and citizen groups, I ask that Detroit Edison not restart the Conners
Creek plant..."  

"At this point there are more questions than answers about the adequacy
of Detroit Edison's environmental permits for Conners Creek," said Susan
Hedman, staff attorney of the Environmental Law and Policy Center
representing environmental, public health and citizen groups in this

EPA has raised serious concerns that Detroit Edison may restart Conners
Creek without the necessary permits, and has requested additional
information from the company to further its investigation in this
matter.  Because of the questions raised by EPA, the Company has also
failed to satisfy a requirement set by the Michigan Public Service
Commission in their April 14, 1998 order granting conditional approval
to operate the plant. 

"No one is above the law and no company should be able to pollute the
air because it is potentially skirting the proper permitting process,"
said Lana Pollack, President of the Michigan Environmental Council.  

"The public interest is not being served by bringing this old, dirty
coal plant on line," said Richard Jameson, Executive Director of the
Michigan United Conservation Clubs. "There are cleaner-burning
alternatives, including those that reduce energy consumption, that
Edison should be pursuing." 


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