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E-M:/ DEQ announces public comments on Wolverine Power Cooperative Clean Energy Venture



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <Anne.Woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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Below is DEQ Air Quality Division's notice of public input, public info
session Oct 1 and public hearings Oct 29 & 30 in Rogers City on air quality
permits to install for a 600 MW coal-fired steam electric power plant
proposed by Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc.  


September 23, 2008

Dear Interested Party:

This letter is in reference to a Permit to Install application for Wolverine
Power Supply Cooperative, Inc?s. proposed installation of a 600-megawatt
(MW) coal-fired steam electric power plant.  The power plant will be located
within the Oglebay-Norton Quarry property, Rogers Township, Presque Isle
County, Michigan.  The Permit to Install application is identified as No.
317-07.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has announced a
60-day public comment period on the draft permit conditions, as required by
state requirements and Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part
51.161.  The public comment period is to solicit written comments prior to
making a final decision on the permit application.  Written comments
received during the comment period will be considered in the final permit
decision.  Please mail comments by November 24, 2008, to Ms. Mary Ann
Dolehanty, Acting Permit Section Supervisor, MDEQ, Air Quality Division,
P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-7760.  Comments may also be
submitted from the webpage http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml (click
on ?Submit Comment? under the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. PTI
No. 317-07 listing).  

This proposal is subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)
rules and regulations for a major source based on the expected emissions of
particulate matter (PM), particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM-10),
particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM-2.5), sulfur dioxide (SO2),
nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compound (VOC),
sulfuric acid (H2SO4), and hydrogen fluoride (HF).  The proposed power plant
will consume only 4.6 percent, 73.4 percent, and 12.2 percent of available
increment for nitrogen oxide (NO2), PM-10 (24 hour), and PM-10 (annual),
respectively.

Please note that the public comment period and hearings are to allow all
interested parties the opportunity to comment on the Department?s proposed
conditional approval of a Permit to Install (PTI) and a Notice of Maximum
Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Approval.  The permit will constitute a
Notice of MACT Approval, and will establish federally enforceable MACT
emission limitations and requirements pursuant to Rule 336.1299(e),
promulgated pursuant to Part 55, of the Natural Resources and Environmental
Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, for implementing Section 112(g) of
the federal Clean Air Act. 

On October 1, 2008, an informational session in panel format will be held
from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Rogers City High School Gymnasium,
1033 West Huron Avenue, Rogers City, Michigan.  During this Informational
Session, staff will be available to provide information and answer questions
about the proposed installation of a 600-megawatt coal-fired steam electric
power plant.  

On October 29, 2008, a public hearing will be held starting promptly at 7:00
p.m. in the Rogers City High School Gymnasium, 1033 West Huron Avenue,
Rogers City, Michigan.  Prior to the hearing, an informational session will
be held in an open-house format from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Rogers
City High School Gymnasium, 1033 West Huron Avenue, Rogers City, Michigan.
Staff will be available to answer questions.  The public hearing will follow
at 7:00 p.m.  

An additional public hearing will be held on October 30, 2008, starting at
6:00 p.m. in the Rogers City High School Gymnasium, 1033 West Huron Avenue,
Rogers City, Michigan.  Prior to the hearing, an informational session will
be held in an open-house format from 4:00 p.m. until 
5:30 p.m. in the Rogers City High School Gymnasium, 1033 West Huron Avenue,
Rogers City, Michigan.  Staff will be available to answer questions.  The
public hearing will follow at 6:00 p.m.

The sole purpose of the hearing will be to take formal testimony on the
record.  During testimony, questions will not be answered; however, staff
will be available to answer questions outside the hearing room.  

After resolving any issues raised during the public comment period and the
hearing, a final decision will be made on the permit application.

The ?Notice of Air Pollution Comment Period and Public Hearing," the ?Fact
Sheet,? and the draft permit conditions regarding our analysis of this
proposed project are available at http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml
or you may contact me for printed copies.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

	Sincerely,



	Melissa Byrnes, Senior Engineer
	Permit Section 
	Air Quality Division
	517-373-7065

cc:  	Mayor Beach Hall, City of Rogers City
	Ms. Susan Rhode, Presque Isle County Clerk
	Ms. Pamela Blakley, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
	Ms. Laura Cossa, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
	Ms. Janis Denman, MDEQ





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