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Re: E-M:/ Love mountains? Hate coal!

Does anyone know where the southern low-sulfur Western Coal mined from?  Is one method less destructive to the environment than another?  Is there a method to find out exactly where ones' coal comes from , and to what degree a homes electricity is powered by coal?  I have asked DTE and they either do not know, or are unwilling to share.

Just curious.  Thanks.
In a message dated 11/30/2007 12:50:48 PM Eastern Standard Time, ajs@sagady.com writes:

I saw the site about mountaintop removal and the search engine to look for
Michigan plants that use mountaintop removal coal.

What that site doesn't tell you is how much mountaintop coal comes to
each power plant as a proportion of total coal use at any given power plant.

As a result, the depiction of the reliance on mountaintop coal for Michigan
power plants can leave a misleading impression, in my opinion, since a number
of Michigan power plants import large amounts of coal from the powder river
basin in Wyoming-Montana area.   That mining region doesn't feature
mountaintop mining, although it has its own unique type of problems.

Detroit Edison uses lake freighters to bring large amounts of western coal
to several of its coal fired units from a rail terminal at
Superior, WI.  Some of these units blend western coal with
southern low sulfur coal.   Last time I looked at this many years ago for the
DE Monroe Power Plant, for example, they were using 10% southern coal and the rest was
western coal.

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