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Holland Board of Public Works suing state over rejected powerplant plan
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The board of directors of the Holland Board of Public Works Friday authorized lawyers to file a lawsuit against the state over a rejected plan for a powerplant expansion.

The lawsuit against the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is expected to be filed next week, after the Holland city council gives its final approval.

The BPW says the step is necessary after the DNRE rejected the board's application for an air permit for for the installation of a new 78 megawatt generator burning clean coal and biomass.  The BPW wants the new generator to replace a 11.5 megawatt electrical generator from the 1950s.

The state argues there is not enough need for the extra electricity the new generator would produce, and that the department has concerns about pollution from the new plant.

The board argues the extra power is necessary to meet the needs of new factories in the Holland area, including the LG Chem vehicle battery plant.  Members also say their plans for the new powerplant meet all requirements of the federal Clean Air Act.

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