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E-M:/ Diesel Power Plant in Newaygo
- Subject: E-M:/ Diesel Power Plant in Newaygo
- From: "Mark and Michelle Petz" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 22:09:08 -0400
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Mark and Michelle Petz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have just returned from a Garfield Township
zoning meeting where Alpena Power has requested special use to build a plant
consisting of 10 deisel generators on land across M-82 from a Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy requested proposals for this plant
to provide additional capacity during expected shortages/outages from their
existing system. Alpena Power has four such
facilities already in Michigan, one built in 1999 and three in 2000. These
plants have been called upon for only a handful of hours of generation since
they went on line.
Here are some other facts I gleaned from the
50' - 60' stack
Minimal noise insulation
40,000 gallon fuel tank
Maximum operation of 585 hours per year (24
Emissions: nitrogen oxides, sulfer dioxide,
The plant would be located in a rural area, across
the road from an already noisey motocross facility. It is about a mile
north and west of the Muskegon River and the town of Newaygo.
The zoning board has tabled further action until
they are presented with more information about air quality by a representative
of the DEQ at July's meeting. Concerns aired at tonight's meeting centered
around noise (90+db next to the facility) and air pollution. Although the
plant complied with much of the board's special use criteria, it was in
violation of a few items related to pollution. General consensus on the
board was that the company could do a MUCH better job of building a "friendlier"
Does anybody have any information about the other
Alpena Power diesel plants?
What pollution can my community expect from this
type of facility, given its limited running times?
Does it pose a significant threat to the Muskegon
watershed, THE economic attraction for the Newaygo community, recently pledged
millions of dollars for clean-up and conservation?
Is this the "nose of the camel" in the age of
energy deregulation (i.e., in seven years, would the contract with Consumers
Energy ask to extend the maximum hours of operation)?
Was there opportunity for public input on the
permit that the DEQ has ALREADY issued Alpena power for this plant?
Are there other regulatory loopholes that would
allow Alpena Power, with the weight of Consumers, to proceed without the