Michigan officials have approved an energy company's request to build two natural-gas-fired turbines outside Detroit.
The Detroit News reports that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit last week for DTE Energy Co. to construct the turbines in Dearborn. The approval comes despite opposition from activists and residents calling to delay the process and conduct health studies. Critics argue Dearborn already sees pollution from other plants. They say the project could expose more toxic emissions to residents. The turbines are expected to produce carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. DEQ officials say they have reviewed public comments and that the energy company's request met all the permit requirements. The turbines will be part of DTE's new infrastructure in a facility that'll power Ford Motor Co.'s Research and Engineering Center.