The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rejected a permit for a new coal plant at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
The ruling–issued after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality initially approved the permit–says that the plant has several air quality deficiencies, including problems how it limits sulfur dioxide emissions from its broiler. It further orders the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to start regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.
The permit was the first awarded to one of Michigan’s eight proposed coal plants. The plants have met strong citizen opposition. Governor Granholm has also stated that all energy companies seeking to build coal plants need to reconsider clean energy alternatives before moving forward with the permitting process.