EPA scientist criticizes coal plant
Associated Press, From the Post-Crescent Site
Published September 20th, 2004
MILWAUKEE — A scientist for the federal agency that protects
the environment calls We Energies’ application for a coal-fired
plant in Oak Creek a sham.
Peter Howe, who works for the Environmental Protection
Agency and is analyzing the project, said in a July 23
e-mail the application would not meet a host of requirements
under clean-water laws.
In correspondence to staff at the EPA office in Chicago,
and to an official with the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, Howe said We Energies was withholding information
from regulators and skewing technical data in its own
favor for the project on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Howe also said the DNR has been overly favorable to the
company by drafting what he termed a “sham permit” that
will help the utility but would not meet water-quality
“(Without the EPA,) I suspect a permit would be issued
that allows the power plant to literally destroy billions
of critical aquatic organisms,” he said.