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E-M:/ EPA on Detroit Edison Connors Creek Plant

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 16:40:02 -0400 (EDT)
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Legal Contact: Jose DeLeon
(312) 353-7456

Technical Contact: Jeffrey L. Gahris
(312) 886-6794

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: August 31, 1998

No. 98-OPA260


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently cited
Detroit Edison Co. for alleged violations of Federal and State clean-air
regulations at the company's Conners Creek Power Plant, 200 Lycaste
St., Detroit, MI.

EPA said Detroit Edison began to modernize the plant without first
seeking a construction permit and without installing appropriate emission
controls.  The company announced plans earlier this year to reactivate
the plant, to meet possible periods of peak consumer energy demands.  

Emissions requiring control would include particulates (smoke, soot,
dust), sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides -- all of which can affect
human health.  This case has raised environmental and public health
concerns on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.

This is a preliminary finding of violations.  To resolve them, EPA may
issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty, or bring suit
against the company.  Detroit Edison has 30 days from receipt of the
finding to request a meeting to discuss the allegations and how to
resolve them.

"EPA is committed to enforcing the Clean Air Act," said Stephen
Rothblatt, acting director of the regional Air and Radiation Division.  "To
protect public health and the environment, we will take all necessary
steps to ensure that companies comply with clean-air regulations."

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect children, the
elderly, or those with heart or lung conditions the most.  Sulfur dioxide
causes acid rain.  Exposure to sulfur dioxide can also impair breathing,
aggravate existing respiratory diseases like bronchitis, and reduce the
ability of the lungs to clear foreign particles.

Nitrogen oxides combine in the atmosphere with other chemicals to form
ground-level ozone (smog), which can cause breathing problems,
reduced lung function, eye irritation, stuffy nose, and reduced
resistance to colds and other infections.  Ozone can aggravate asthma
and may speed up aging of lung tissue.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the
Wayne County Air Quality Management Division issued notices of
violation to Detroit Edison in July alleging these same violations.  EPA has
been working closely with both State and county officials on this issue. 
MDEQ is authorized to implement and enforce the Clean Air Act within
the State and remains the lead agency in dealing with Detroit Edison on
the Conners Creek facility.


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