Retiring Michigan Coal

Michigan utilities have a series of decisions to make in the coming years: pour money into updating their old, dirty coal plants, or replace those plants with investments in cleaner resources such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Eckert Power Plant, Lansing

Retiring Michigan Coal

Michigan has a large, old fleet of coal fired power plants that mostly lacks the modern pollution controls required by existing and imminent federal environmental regulations.

smoke from a coal-fired power plant

DTE Energy

DTE Energy owns and operates four of the nine oldest coal plants in Michigan, including Trenton Channel and River Rouge.

Toxic Trash Exposed: Coal Ash Pollution in Michigan

Water defines, and is central, to Michigan’s economy. Major tourism, agriculture, and fishing industries depend on the health of rivers, lakes, and streams. The Great Lakes contain over 20% of the world’s usable fresh surface water . Unfortunately unmitigated coal ash pollution is a major threat to the health of the state’s water and economy.

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Clean Water Action applauds federal court holding DTE Energy accountable for pollution

LANSING, Mich. – Clean Water Action today applauded the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for its ruling yesterday that DTE Energy should have obtained a permit for increasing emissions after the company expanded its Monroe power plant in 2010.

From We All Live Downstream

March 5, 2015

I imagine that reading about “Sulfur Dioxide” may, at first, sound about as interesting as reading through your old high school science homework, and nowhere nearly as interesting as say, a good Stephen King thriller.  But what if I told you that Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) was even scarier than the books in your typical Horror section . . . and posed a far more realistic threat than vampires and haunted cars?

November 7, 2013

By Alicia Vignoe, Michigan Executive Assistant Intern

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