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E-M:/ Rouge Power Plant Violations
- Subject: E-M:/ Rouge Power Plant Violations
- From: Jeff Gearhart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 14:38:15 -0500
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: Jeff Gearhart <email@example.com>
Title: Rouge Power Plant Violations
Dearborn Industrial Generating(DIG), aka the power natural gas
power plant that replaced the Rouge Powerhouse after it blew up, has
just been cited for violating their SO2 permit limits. The
proposed remedy is impose a fine of $24,000, redo the permit(increase
the limits so there isn't a violation) and make the stacks higher(from
150 to 185 feet). This is also the power plant which
powers the Ford facilities which are part of the "green"
From the DEQ fact sheet: "Dispersion modeling
indicates that the previously permitted stack heights do not
provide adequate dispersion at the SO2 emission rates to show
compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and PSD
requirements." Apparently soon after the plant started
operating in 2000/2001 residents of the South End of Dearborn and
Southwest Detroit were subject to ongoing levels of emissions in
violation of NAAQS.
This was not a small violation. Previous permit limit was
206.3 tons per year SO2 and they are now requesting a limit of
up to 2995.9 tons per year! That's 10 times higher then they
were originally permitted. The excuse...they "guessed"
wrong about how much sulfur was in the blast furnace gas from Rouge
Steel. The Ecology Center and other community groups questioned
the DEQ's reliance on almost no information regarding the chemical
composition of blast furnace back in 1999 but were assured the numbers
Many of us sat through numerous a meeting with CMS and DEQ where
we were assured that these emission numbers were worst case,
protective of public health and that this was really going to improve
My question is has the DEQ contacted anyone in the local
community to inquire as to their view of fairness of this
What is the community getting out of this settlement?
I see there will be a public hearing but was anyone from the
community which was actively involved in the original permit asked to
give input up front on the settlement of these violations?
What about some sulfur controls as part of the settlement?
This must be yet another example of the new and improved DEQ
public participation process? Seems like more of the same lack
of care that we suffered through under Engler.
Public Hearing, 7 pm, August 6 Henry Ford
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104