L'Anse Warden Power Plant
Clean Air Act Investigation
Residents of L’Anse, Mich., have reported odors and fugitive dust coming from the L’Anse Warden Electric Co. power plant. Under a state permit the utility is allowed to burn for fuel tires and railroad ties treated with creosote and a chemical called pentachlorophenol.
EPA is working closely with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to investigate residents’ concerns, address potential health risks and determine compliance with environmental regulations.
- April 1, 2016: U.S. EPA issued a Section 114 Information Request to LWEC for information to determine whether the emission source is complying with the CAA and the Michigan State Implementation Plan and Renewable Operating Permit Number Ml-ROP-B4260-2011.
- Feb. 2, 2016: U.S. EPA issued a Section 114 Information Request to LWEC requesting a number of pieces of information including but not limited to the installation of particulate matter ambient air monitors at the fenceline of the facility.
- Nov. 13, 2015: U.S. EPA issued a Section 114 Information Request to LWEC requesting information including, but not limited to, copies of all documentation related to: stack testing, internal audits, emission test runs, emission characterizations, visible emission testing, or emission studies, compliance certifications.
Notices and Reports
- Oct. 31, 2016: MDEQ signs a Final Consent Order with LWEC. Part of the Order requires LWEC to install an enclosure around parts of the fuel handling process.
- Oct. 31, 2016: MDEQ issues Permit-to-Install 67-16 to LWEC. The permit no longer allows LWEC to burn pentachlorophenol treated railroad ties. MDEQ provided a Response to Comments on the permit.
- Sept. 28, 2016: Public Hearing - A formal public hearing was held Sept. 28, 2016. An information session was previously held Sept. 7, 2016.
- Aug. 24, 2016: MDEQ released a Draft Consent Order and Draft Permit to Install Application. The official public comment period was Aug. 24 - Sept. 22, 2016.
- Feb. 8, 2016: MDEQ issued a Violation Notice to LWEC based on inspector observations of fugitive dust made during inspections on Jan. 27, and Feb. 1 and 4, and 7, 2015.
- Dec. 17, 2015: EPA conducted an inspection of the LWEC facility
Dec.1, 2015: MDEQ issued a Violation Notice to LWEC in response to a testing report required under the Renewable Operating Permit.
- L’Anse Warden Electric Company Boiler Number One Emission Test Report – June 2017
- L’Anse Warden Electric Company Boiler Number One Emission Test Report – March 2017
- L’Anse Warden Electric Company Boiler Number One Emission Test Report – Dec 2016
- L'Anse Warden Electric Company Boiler Number One Emission Test Report – July 2016
- L’Anse Warden Electric Company Boiler Number One Emissions Test Report - November 2015
- L'Anse Wipe Samples February 2016
L'Anse Warden Storm Water Sampling 2016
L'Anse Warden Inspection April 2012 (Clean Water Act)