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Industrial Boilers & New Report on Oil and Gas Pipelines

Industrial Boilers & New Report on Oil and Gas Pipelines

The Au Sable River. (Photo courtesy of National Scenic Byways)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 02/22/2011

Summary:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to have missed yesterday's court-ordered deadline to issue a new rule regulating industrial boilers. There are about 60 boilers in Michigan which provide power for chemical plants and paper mills. As Tracy Samilton reports, the rule is likely to become a political football - when it is issued:

Mike Garfield of the Ecology Center says boilers release lead, mercury, and fine particulates - just like their larger cousins, coal-burning power plants. He says pollution scrubbing equipment on the boilers could save lives.

“The EPA has calculated the new pollution control requirements will prevent nearly 5,000 deaths a year.”

But industry lobbyists said the expense of the equipment will mean lost manufacturing jobs. A group of U.S. Senators says they're planning to draft a bill to give the EPA more time to improve the rule, so it protects public health without hurting the economy.

For the Environment Report, I'm Tracy Samilton.

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This is the Environment Report.

The Anglers of the Au Sable has a new report that details the group’s concerns over oil and gas pipelines in northern Michigan. They’re especially worried about protecting the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.

Read the report

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Enbridge website about the Kalamazoo River spill


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