Harding Correct on Flawed Coal Plant Moratorium

Second judge in three months overturns DNRE permit denial

A Missaukee County circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that the Department of Natural Resources and Environment “exceeded its statutory authority by denying the permit to install based upon need,” when it rejected a clean air permit application for a coal plant to be built by Wolverine Power Cooperative near Rogers City, according to the Presque Isle County Advance.

Senior Environmental Analyst Russ Harding pointed out last May that the DNRE’s decision was wrong and explained a year ago why then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s moratorium on coal plants was misguided.

The judge remanded the issue back to the state and gave it 60 days to make a determination. DNRE Director Dan Wyant told the Michigan Information & Research Service newsletter that the department will not appeal the judge’s ruling. This marks the second time in three months that a court has ruled against the DNRE on such matters.

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