construction approved for Michigan coal plant

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a construction permit for Wolverine Power Supply Co-op Inc. to build a 600 MW coal-fired power plant, according to the Associated Press.

The state denied the permit in May 2010 due to factorsincluding the failure to demonstrate a need for the facility. Wolverine Power took the state to court and won a ruling that said a failure to demonstrate need was not a legal basis to deny a permit application.

State officials reevaluated the permit after the judge’s ruling and considered new air quality standards that would require Wolverine Power to evaluate emissions control technology.

The plant will use circulating fluidized bed technology in two units. Burns and Roe will provide design and engineering work. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber will be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

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