News (AP) - Judge delays hearing, limits use of power plant

MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has delayed until January a key hearing in a pollution dispute between DTE Energy Co. and federal regulators.

The government claims the Detroit-based utility should have installed anti-pollution equipment when it overhauled an aging coal-fired boiler last spring at Unit 2 in Monroe County. DTE says it wasn't necessary.

The government wants a judge to order a reduction in air emissions. A hearing set for Oct. 13 has been bumped to January.

In the meantime, federal Judge Bernard Friedman says DTE cannot produce more power at Unit 2 than it did before the facelift.

The government says Unit 2 has been operating for nearly 40 years but has not been covered by stringent air-quality standards.

Published: Tue, Sep 7, 2010


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