Consumers Energy is keeping its promise to “leave it better” in Hampton Township, a community near Bay City where we recently closed the historic J.C. Weadock power plant.
In April 2016, we retired the coal-fired plant that began churning out electricity in 1940 at the mouth of the Saginaw River.
Today, we’re following through to ensure the Weadock site is returned to “brownfield” status, making it available for potential reuse. The preparation process includes abatement of any environmental hazards, dismantling and demolition of buildings on the site.
With the help of Lapeer-based contractor North American Dismantling Corporation (NADC) we’ve begun abating asbestos and demolishing the Weadock site structures that served customers for more than 75 years.
The work this year focuses on environmental abatement and demolition of the outbuildings and chimney. Demolition of the main plant will follow, with completion slated for late 2019.
“The work is on schedule and going well,” project manager Jeff Battaglia said. “We’re committed to getting the job done on time, on budget and, most importantly, safely. Nothing is more important than protecting our employees, our customers and the communities we serve.”
Weadock was the oldest of our coal-fired facilities, boasting stacks that stood like sentinels and served as landmarks for boaters and fisherman. The plant boasted an outstanding record of environmental stewardship and community service.
Units 7 and 8 at Weadock were part of our “Classic Seven,” along with units at the Whiting and Cobb plants. Combined, they were capable of generating nearly 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Whiting (Luna Pier) and Cobb (Muskegon) also were retired in 2016. Forsite Development, Inc. is handling the abatement, dismantling and demolition work at those sites.