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Holland City Council Approves BPW Recommendation to Settle with Conservation Agencies

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- A special joint meeting of the Holland BPW with the City Council prior to the regular meeting  on Wednesday involved a review of two items, a consent decree and a settlement agreement that would resolve all outstanding disputes with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resource Defense Council.  BPW General Manager Dave Koster said lawsuits were filed in 2008.  At that time, the BPW was pursuing a permit to install a coal boiler at the James DeYoung plant.  The Sierra Club alleged violations of the clean air act.  Two lawsuits were filed, one alleging that certain projects at the plant were major modifications requiring a permit.  The other lawsuit was for visible emmissions coming out of the stack.

Koster and the BPW recommended that the consent decree and settlement agreement be approved by the City Council as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resource Defense Council have agreed to not oppose or otherwise comment on the new natural gas combined cycle unit.  He also said knowing that moving forward it’s good to know that there will not be challenges to the new plant.

Story by:  Diane E Coston