Environmental Groups Praise Granholm’s Comments on Coal

Environmental Groups Praise Granholm's Efforts To Limit The Construction Of New Coal Power Plants

Progress Michigan–a liberal advocacy group–issued a press release yesterday praising Governor Jennifer Granholm’s comments on the future of coal-fired power plants in Michigan.

According to the group, Granholm’s energy plan was the equivalent of a “crackdown on coal.” The plan requires that:

  • All new and expanded coal-fired power plant developers go back to the drawing board and consider cleaner alternatives to coal plants.
  • Michigan will more stringently apply Section 165 of the Clean Air Act that will make plants follow strict anti-pollution standards.
  • Energy projects must consider cleaner alternatives before they can proceed with permitting.
  • Michigan will reduce the use of fossil fuels in power plants by 45% within twelve years.

The press release included reaction from Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club who both praised the plan.

There have been proposals to build seven new coal plants in Michigan.

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Author: mediamouse

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