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E-M:/ MDEQ News Release on Coal Plants

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

February 25, 2009

Contact:  Robert McCann
               (517) 241-7397

DEQ Announces Schedule for Hearings, Meetings on Permitting Coal Fired
Power Plants
State encouraging companies to seek grants on clean technology

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester
today announced a schedule of meetings and hearings that includes a
public comment period on the permit application for CMS Energyâ??s
proposed coal-fired power plant in Bay City.  The comment period for the
CMS Energy project will begin on March 3, with a public hearing
scheduled for April 14 and 15.  

Chester said the department will continue reviewing other pending coal
plant applications as well. 

â??The DEQ will be moving the permitting process forward in a manner
consistent with both Governor Granholmâ??s executive directive and
applicable law,â?? said Director Chester.  â??We will continue our
discussions with the applicants to ensure we have all of the information
we need to make appropriate decisions on these projects that are
consistent with state and federal law.â??

Last week, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu announced a
sweeping reorganization of the energy departmentâ??s dispersal of direct
loans, loan guarantees, and funding contained in the new economic
recovery legislation.  Chu will be expediting grant and loan awards for
projects, including clean coal and carbon capture and sequestration
(CCS) technologies. 

The goal of the restructuring is to expedite disbursement of money to
begin investments in a new energy economy that will put Americans back
to work and create millions of new jobs.  The U.S. Department of Energy
will disperse 70 percent of the funds by the end of 2010. 

The schedule for coal plant applications is as follows:

â??  Public comment period on CMS application begins March 3.
â??  Information session on CMS application - March 26.
â??  Public hearing on CMS application - April 14-15.
â??  Continued review of LS Power permit application - ongoing.
â??  DEQ meeting with Wolverine, Holland to discuss alternatives
analysis - March 2-13.       
â??  Wolverine and Holland submit alternatives analysis within 60-90

Director Chester said that the department would be seeking guidance
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to determine how the
recent EPA environmental appeals board ruling regarding greenhouse gas
emissions would affect the pending coal plant applications in Michigan. 
The DEQ is also looking to the federal agency to give direction on any
potential greenhouse gas regulations that may be under consideration.   

â??Protecting Michiganâ??s Environment, Ensuring Michiganâ??s

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