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Port Sheldon Power Plant Shows Badly in Environmentalists’ Report

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J.H. Campbell Plant (photo courtesy Consumers Energy)
J.H. Campbell Plant (photo courtesy Consumers Energy)

WASHINGTON (WHTC) - While the James DeYoung Power Plant has been the target of environmentalists recently, Ottawa County’s “other” major coal-fired electric generating facility isn’t looking that great either.

That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from an analysis of the 2010 US Environmental Toxic Release Inventory by the Environmental Integrity Project. Those findings were disclosed yesterday by that group, along with co-sponsors EarthJustice and the Sierra Club, in an effort to spotlight enforcement deficiencies in federal Clean Air laws.

The J.H. Campbell complex in Port Sheldon Township was ranked the fifth dirtiest in the nation, releasing over 61 hundred pounds of toxic pollutants last year. The plant, owned by Consumers’ Energy, was third worst in chromium, sixth worst in lead, and 15th worst in nickel, but it was down to 71st in hydrochloric acid.

Last week, the Sierra Club released its findings of sulfur dioxide emissions from the DeYoung Plant in the midst of its current lawsuit against the Holland BPW and the City of Hollandover alleged federal violations. Club officials claim that their data came without taking into account any pollution emanating from the Campbell facility. BPW officials counter that their plant is in compliance with all current state and federal emission guidelines.

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