Clean air and water advocates hail Lansing BWL agreement to retire Erickson coal plant
LANSING – Clean air and water advocates today applauded a settlement agreement announced by the Sierra Club requiring the Lansing Board of Water & Light to shut down the Erickson coal-fired generating station by 2025 for violating the Federal Clean Air Act.
“Today’s announcement is a massive win for clean air and public health, and will help put Lansing on track toward cleaner air and greater investments in renewable energy,” said James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council. “The Lansing Board of Water and Light should continue expanding investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency to replace aging, dirty coal-fired power plants.”
“Pollution from coal-fired power plants threatens the health of Michigan families, children and seniors,” said Mara Herman, health outreach coordinator with the Ecology Center. “Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the use of clean, renewable energy will improve public health and save lives.”
“Shutting down the Erickson plant will reduce pollution in surrounding lakes, rivers and streams, and is a win for Lansing,” said Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. “We look forward to speedy retirements of Lansing’s remaining coal-fired power plants and replacement of those plants with clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency.”