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EPA scientist criticizes coal plant plan
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 standards.

“(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.

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