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Re: E-M:/ Cox says coal ban is illegal

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp of Midland comments on The Dow Chemical Co., the need for a ?clean coal? plant in the Midland area.
     * "We're going to need to have clean coal plants in Michigan" -- including at least one to serve the Hemlock area. You can't power a big plant completely on alternative energy," said Camp, who called himself "a big supporter of alternative energy."
I believe that Hemlock Semi-Conductor was the bargaining chip for Dow Chemical to get their own coal plant for cheaper energy.  There is a natural gas plant in Midland only being half utilized that could meet any additional energy needs, but at less profit for Dow. 
Strange that a solar power plant would need their own private coal plant to operate.  I'm not even going to go into the 500% increase in hazardous chemical semi trucks coming from Midland through heavily residential populated Saginaw Township on their way to Hemlock.  It almost seems that the City of Midland is exporting their entire towns contamination by truck, one by one, to Hemlock.
Elected officials and Dow seem to take no consideration for a community's well being if it interferes with more profit.

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Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Cox says coal ban is illegal

The Saginaw News headline story today ( not on line) is the same coverage with headlines reading:
Coal plants notch a  win: Ruling may advance plant near Bay City.
The Saginaw News story identified Rep. Ken Horn of Saginaw County (R-94th) as one of the two legislators that took the issue to the attorney general. Rep Horn, married to the Vice Chair of the Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce, also never misses an opportunity to bash environmental regulation/MDEQ as an obstacle to "growth" and he has been an advocate of Dow Chemical's position to lower the state standard for dioxin exposure from 90 ppt to 1,000 ppt for residential properties. He also supported lifting the " facility designation"  on contaminated river properties which would limit  Dow's obligations to clean them up.
If the Chamber or Dow or Consumers wants it---Ken Horn wants it.  Public health, Great Lakes water quality and natural resources be damned.
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
In a message dated 2/21/2009 10:02:42 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, HAMILTREEF@aol.com writes:
AG: Decision to deny permits for new plants exceeds gov's authority.
LANSING -- State Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday that Gov. Jennifer Granholm exceeded her legal authority this month when she directed state regulators to deny permits for new coal-fired power plants if there were "feasible and prudent alternatives," such as wind and solar.

"Governors can sign bills into law, but they cannot write them. That is the legislature's job," Cox said in a statement. "If the governor wants to pursue changes to law, the legislature is the proper forum."

Granholm disagreed with Cox's decision and said she would take the matter to the federal Environmental Protection Agency for clarification.

"As a former attorney general, the governor believes he has misread both state and federal law," said Liz Boyd, the governor's press secretary.



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