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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} In 2003, Manistee Salt Works Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Tondu Corp, proposed a 425 MW coal plant in Manistee Michigan. The plant would have been constructed on an inland lake, linked to Lake Michigan by a river.[1]

The city of Manistee eventually denied a special-use permit in 2004; in response, Manistee Salt Works filed a $59 million lawsuit in July 2004. Fred LaPoint, president of Manistee Citizens for Responsible Development, teamed up with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in opposition to the power plant, serving as co-defendants of the lawsuit. In October 2005, a federal judge rejected Manistee’s suit.[2]

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Project Details

Sponsor: Tondu Corporation
Location: Manistee, Michigan
Capacity: 425 MW
Type: Pulverized coal
Projected in service: 2006
Status: Cancelled (zoning permit denied 2004)


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  1. "Tondu Corporation: Our IGCC Odyssey", corporation overview, Gulf Coast Power corporate website, April 2007. (Pdf)
  2. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed December 2007. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)

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