Clean Water Action applauds federal court holding DTE Energy accountable for pollution

DTE Energy threatened environment, public health by dodging emissions standards

LANSING, Mich. – Clean Water Action today applauded the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for its ruling yesterday that DTE Energy should have obtained a permit for increasing emissions after the company expanded its Monroe power plant in 2010. The company evaded obtaining a permit that allows it to emit more pollutants into the air by classifying the overhaul as maintenance, which is in violation of the Clean Air Act.

“We applaud the appellate court for holding DTE Energy accountable and enforcing Clean Air Act protections at the Monroe plant,” said Clay Carpenter with Clean Water Action. “Coal-fired power plants emit dangerous pollutants into the Great Lakes’ water we drink and air we breathe. By attempting to falsify activity and dodge federal clean air protections, at the 11th highest greenhouse gas emitting facility in the USA, DTE Energy continues to showcase the importance of the environmental safeguards protecting Michiganders.”


Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Communications
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