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Re: E-M:/ Get ready for coal-fired ethanol plants



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Enviro-Mich message from "Mark Richardson" <Mark.Richardson@macombcountymi.gov>
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I'm asking myself these questions:

1) Is there likely to be any net energy savings from using ethanol for a percentage of transportation fuel, given the energy expended in mining and transporting coal, and growing and transporting corn and other feedstocks?

2) Is there likely to be any net environmental improvement from using ethanol, given the tradeoffs between reductions in pollution from vehicles and increased pollution from ethanol plants and further up the fuel manufacturing chain?

3)  Is there likely to be any net economic benefit from using ethanol, given the cost of manufacturing ethanol and the increase in cost of coal resulting from increased demand due to a host of factors?

I'm suspecting the only real benefit of using ethanol is decreasing our dependance on foreign oil, but maybe even that is open to question.

>>> "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com> 03/01/06 6:02 PM >>>
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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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OK Michigan....courtesy of the BUSH EPA....get ready for 
a spate of coal-fired ethanol plants.  EPA is proposing to 
relax Clean Air Act new source review rules for fuel-ethanol 
plants by declaring the major stationary source level for 
such plants to be 250 tons per year rather than the current 
100 tons per year.   

This will encourage large, but poorly controlled coal-fired ethanol plants
in the midwest, including Michigan.   Under the proposed EPA
rules, ethanol plants emitting less than 250 tons of any criteria 
pollutant will no longer have to ensure that facilities are controlled 
with best available control technology and to evaluate air quality 
impacts around the plants.

This is another example of big time agriculture trying to extend influence
to allow high impact facilities that are also subsidized with taxpayer dollars.

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