DTE Energy, Port of Monroe partner to recycle gypsum

Associated Press

Monroe — DTE Energy Co. is working with the Port of Monroe to recycle, market and transport gypsum produced at its Monroe Power Plant, officials announced Friday.

Gypsum will be sent from the southeastern Michigan port on Lake Erie to customers in the Midwest and Canada, the utility said. The collaboration has created 30 full-time-jobs with DRM, a Dundee-based company that provides transportation and material handling services for the port.

“We have been seeking a partner who we could work with locally to recycle the hundreds of thousands of tons of gypsum the plant produces annually,” Brian Rice, director at DTE’s Monroe Power Plant, said in a statement.

The port also will build a 24,000-square-foot storage building on its property, allowing gypsum customers to have direct shipping access year-round.

“This agreement is just one example of collaborative opportunities and will ensure that a product produced within the port also passes across our docks,” said Paul LaMarre, Port of Monroe director.

A process used to reduce emissions from the coal-fired plant creates gypsum, which is collected and can be recycled for uses such as wall board and in the production of cement. DTE said the plant’s flue gas desulfurization, or FGD, system removes more than 90 percent of the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions.

The Detroit-based utility said it expects the agreement to enable the company to continue to recycle 100 percent of the gypsum produced by the plant, which is located about 35 miles southwest of Detroit. In 2014, DTE said that it recycled more than 350,000 tons of gypsum.