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Group Protests The Use Of Coal

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- Environmental groups were protesting the use of coal by the Lansing Board of Water and Light and other statewide utilities Tuesday, calling for more renewable energy sources.

Michigan Major Utilities and the Lansing Board of Water and Light for years has been dependent on coal to produce energy, but the environmental lobby contends coal is not only too costly, its dangerous to your health.

"The longer you are exposed the more harmful it is, its just like smoking cigarettes, the longer and more you smoke the more dangerous it is to your health," said Brad Van Guilder, Sierra Club.

Van Guilder reports that some of the air pollution from this Lansing plant will be reduced as the board of water and light is set to shutdown three units at this plant. That still leaves three other units on line producing two thirds of the energy needed in the city.

The greens contend the utilities should be more aggressive about using alternative energy sources such as the wind, and sun.

"One of the reasons why were here is to make sure that they know that overwhelming majority of the communities and ratepayers want investments in renewable energy. It helps out the pocket books, creates jobs and is good for the great lakes state," said Eric Keller from Clear Water Action.

Meanwhile the state agency that regulates the utilities has not taken a stance on the elimination of coal, per se, but it is presiding over the shutdown of several coal fired plants around the state.

Under current Michigan law, utilities must provide 10% of their energy from non coal sources and Consumers Energy is on track to meet that objective according to these groups.

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