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Wolverine permit amendments approved

September 15, 2011
Steve Schulwitz - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - Per the request of Wolverine Power, the Presque Isle County Planning Commission approved Monday several amendments to the special use permit, which was issued to the energy company in July 2006.

According to Presque Isle County Building and Zoning Official Jim Zakshesky, the amendments were sought by Wolverine to have it mirror the permit issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

"The amendments will bring the special use permit up to the same regulation to the DEQ's permit, and they will match," Zakshesky said. "The biggest amendment to it was probably for allowing the burning of coke as a fuel, because the original didn't have that. The other ones were minor things like parking and parking lots. There were really no issues."

Zakshesky said nine of the commission's 11 members showed up for the meeting, and all of them voted to change the parameter of the permit. He said he didn't anticipate other amendments being made but added that if more were necessary, the board would consider them.

Wolverine is entering a phase in the project where it will solicit construction estimates, and then the cost effectiveness of the plant in Rogers City will be reviewed and a decision on the construction made. Zakshesky said if Wolverine decides to build the plant, it will be some time before ground is broken.

"Wolverine has talked about a tentative start-up date of late 2012," Zakshesky said. "I suppose that is possible with the permits they already have. They have the air quality permit, the permit for the landfill in the quarry, and one to expand the harbor at Calcite to add two slips, which will be able to accommodate 1,000 foot ships."

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