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E-M:/ NOTICE: MI DEQ Air Permit for HOLLAND Coal Plant Expansion went public TODAY 11/26!

NOTICE:  MI DEQ Air Permit went to Public Comment today for the Holland James DeYoung Coal Plant expansion.

See below: Air Permit schedule beginning November 26th and running through January 30, 2009.


It is very disappointing that this permit is being released the day before Thanksgiving and that the entire comment period

runs through a very busy holiday season including Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years.   It is also disheartening that

the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality went ahead with this air permit comment period, despite a major ruling

from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Appeals Panel. On November 14th EPA Appeals panel rejected a federal

permit for the Utah “Bonanza” Coal Plant, saying it failed to address limits on carbon dioxide, a major global warming pollutant. 

Technically, this EPA Appeals panel ruling should stop all new coal plant permitting across the U.S. while the EPA determines

what to do next, and as to how the Federal Clean Air Act will be used to control carbon dioxide.  


Nov 26th (Wed) Air Permit Comment Period begins for Holland Coal Plant Expansion

Dec 16th (Tues) Informational Session 5-9pm @Doubletree Hotel & Conf Center, Grand Ball Rm, 650 East 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Jan 12th (Tues) Public Hearing @7pm preceded by an informational session in Open House format 5-6:30pm again @Doubletree Hotel

Jan 13th (Wed) Public Hearing @12-2pm & again @5:30 w/info Session in Open House format from 4:30-5:30-pm again @Doubletree Hotel

Jan 30th (Tues) Public Comment period ends


For more details see this link http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/downloads/permits/PubNotice/25-07/25-07%20NOH.pdf

to the MDEQ’s Notice of Holland’s Air Pollution Comment Period & Public Hearing.


For further information on the Holland Coal Plant Expansion Air Permit Public Comment period contact Jan O’Connell (Sierra Club)

jan.oconnell@sierraclub.org or (616) 956-6646.




Jan O'Connell

Energy Issues Organizer

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Phone: (616) 956-6646

Email: jan.oconnell@sierraclub.org