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E-M:/ DEQ Halts Conners Creek Restart

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                      
July 16, 1998                                      
Lana Pollack, MEC, 517/487-9539 
Julie Metty, MUCC, 517/371-1041


The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced today
that Detroit Edison must update permits and emission control technology
for its Conners Creek power plant before using it to supplement power

"The People of Detroit and southeast Michigan can breathe a little
easier today," said Lana Pollack, MEC President,  "They won't have to
inhale the soot and smog that would have been generated by Conners Creek
this summer.  Now cleaner alternatives like energy efficiency have a
fighting chance to meet Michigan's energy needs."

In a letter dated July 16th, DEQ sent  notice of violation to Detroit
Edison for commencing construction and operation without the proper
permits and identified obligations the Company must meet before Conners
Creek is reactivated.     

"We are pleased with the DEQ's determination," said Julie Metty,
Resource Policy Specialist for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, 
"We hope the DEQ's determination and the current power shortage crisis
Detroit Edison is facing will spur utility companies and the State to
invest in energy efficiency and reducing demand, to meet Michigan's
energy needs."  

Detroit Edison used threats of power brownouts this summer to get
permission from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to restart
its dirty coal-burning Conners Creek power plant in Detroit.  Because of
this emergency situation, the MPSC granted Detroit Edison quick approval
to restart the plant on the condition that they obtain all environmental
permits required.

"It is unfortunate that the DEQ would not have taken a second look at
Conners Creek's permitting status if the citizens of Michigan and the
United States Environmental Protection Agency had not pressured them to
so," said Susan Hedman, Staff Attorney for the Environmental Law and
Policy Center."


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