Workers slowly knocking down B.C. Cobb smoke stack

Workers slowly knocking down B.C. Cobb smoke stack

MUSKEGON, Mich. - Day after day workers are reducing the size of the historic B.C. Cobb power plant smoke stack.

The nearly 650-foot-tall stack is being removed in five feet by five feet sections.

Those chunks are being dropped to the ground on the inside of the stack and removed at the base of the stack.

It will be a slow process with work expected to finish at the end of January 2019. However, weather will play a big role in determining how much work can be accomplished each day.

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Michigan regulators OK Consumers Energy plan for retired coal plants

Michigan regulators OK Consumers Energy plan for retired coal plants

Propelled by a unanimous approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission, Forsite Development is preparing to buy two shuttered coal power plants from Michigan’s Consumers Energy: the B.C. Cobb plant in Muskegon and J.R. Whiting plant in Luna Pier.

Forsite estimates the decommissioning work at each plant will take approximately two years. It partnered with Midland, Michigan-based Bierlein Companies to perform all asbestos abatement and conduct demolition for both plants while Austin, Texas-based Energy Renewal Partners, LLC will manage decommissioning and remediation.

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