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Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 13:22:55 -0500 (EST)
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To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
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Subject: conner's creek

ENVIRONMENTALISTS JOIN DEQ, EPA TO BLOCK DETROIT EDISON COAL PLANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 1, 1998

Contacts:
        Lana Pollack, Michigan Environmental Council            517
487-9539
        Julie Metty, Michigan United Conservation Clubs        517 371-1041
        Pegg Roberts, Creekside Community Develop. Corp.     313 964-5450 (day)
                                                                  313
822-6118 (eve)
        Jim Moore, American Lung Association of Michigan    517 484-4541

        Rick Coronado, Citizens Env. Alliance of SW Ontario   519 973-1116
        Susan Hedman, MW Env. Law and Policy Center           312 759-3400

An international alliance of  U.S. and Canadian environmental, neighborhood
and public health groups are joining forces to keep Detroit Edison from
restarting Conners Creek, because the 48 year-old coal-fired plant fails to
meet healthy air standards.  The alliance is contesting Edison's claim that
this moth-balled plant on the banks of the Detroit River can be started up
using the pollution control equipment last updated in the 1970's.

Edison lost the first round in its July attempt to restart the plant when
the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)  and the US EPA
ruled Detroit Edison must update permits and emission controls before
constructing and making modifications to reopen the plant.  MDEQ and Wayne
County are opposing Edison's claim in Federal Court that the permit denial
is illegal.  The alliance of health, neighborhood and environmental groups
are seeking to intervene to force Detroit Edison to obey the Clean Air Act.

"We felt we had to intervene," Elliot Levinsohn of the American Lung
Association said. "In 1993 there were as many as 3,000 visits to emergency
rooms due to ozone (smog) exceedances in Detroit.  During this past summer
we saw substantial increases in serious air pollution on both sides of the
U.S.-Canadian border.  If Conners Creek is allowed to reopen, Detroiters
will be at even greater risk for respiratory problems."

The fight over the old plant is happening as Michigan utility companies
lobby for legislation in Lansing to eliminate oversight of electricity
generation by the state's Public Service Commission. "If utilities get the
deregulation legislation they want, operating this dirty old coal-fired
plant, could mean new profits for Edison while their customers are forced
to breathe dirtier air," Lana Pollack, President of the Michigan
Environmental Council, said.  "Deregulation should not be a race to the
bottom when it comes to air-pollution and public health, and Conner's Creek
would definetely be adding a heavy load of new pollution," Pollack added.


Groups participating  in the Motion to Intervene include The  Citizens
Environment Alliance of SW Ontario, the American Lung Association of
Michigan, Creekside Community Development Corporation and Michigan's two
leading environmental coalitions, the Michigan Environmental Council and
the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.  They are represented by the
Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest.  Environment Canada,
the International Joint Commission and the Ministry of Ontario Environment,
agree with the Environmental Intervenors' concern that the plant would
substantially increase the emissions of smog forming substances,
particulate matter, greenhouse gases and toxic metals, such as mercury, to
the air shed of Windsor and the Detroit River ecosystem. 
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Dave Dempsey
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
(517) 487-9539
(517) 487-9541 (fax)
davemec@voyager.net
www.mienv.org





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