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MAR 2018

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10 March 2018 news continued plants, as well as increased energy efficiency programs and re- newable energy. But the Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity, a long-established statewide business group whose members in- clude industry heavyweights such as General Motors Co. and US Steel Corp., is questioning whether DTE's coal plant retirement plan is actually better for customers. ABATE, in recent testimony filed with the PSC, argued DTE's 2016 analysis is outdated, in part because Republican Donald Trump suc- ceeded Democrat Barack Obama as president of the United States. And where Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pro- posed numerous rules aimed at curbing coal use, Trump's EPA wants to repeal the Clean Power Plan and roll back other environmental regulations that have discouraged the mining and burning of coal. "The current White House administration's shift in federal policies potentially offers a 'stay of execution' for the plants at risk for immediate retirement," ABATE said in its filing. Nicholas Phillips, a consultant retained by ABATE, told the PSC that DTE's retirement analysis "was conducted in early 2016 and contains assumptions which relate to federal environmental and tax policies that are no longer valid." Phillips said he concluded that DTE "has not conclusively established that the proposed coal retirements are in the public interest and, consequently, there is not a clearly defined need" for the new gas plant. He recommended the PSC deny DTE's request for a CON and direct the company to revise its retirement analysis "to incorpo- rate the significant changes in federal environmental and tax pol- icy to determine if the coal retirements proposed by DTE are in the public interest." In addition, Phillips also wanted the PSC to set forth a "more standardized process for DTE to follow when performing these analyses" based upon current integrated resource plan require- ments being considered by the commission. Anglo American appointed Tyler Mitchelson as the CEO of its metallurgical coal business. Mitchelson will start the new role on April 3. He is currently Anglo's group head of integration and business planning, based in London. Former CEO David Diamond will leave Anglo after 17 years. He joined Anglo with the acquisition of the Shell Coal Australian Assets in 2000. Drummond Co. appointed Paulo Gonzalez as vice president, corporate social responsibility. Gonzalez has been at Drummond for more than six years, hav- ing previously served as director of corporate social responsibility and manager of public relations. ECSI hired Dr. Al Campoli as direc- tor of mining and energy services. He is also continuing as a senior consultant for Jennmar. Previous- ly, he was a U.S. Bureau of Mines researcher, Jennmar's vice presi- dent of special projects, Minova's business development manager, consulting engineer, mine foreman, and coal miner. Bryan Ulrich has joined Stantec as a vice president of its mining practice. Ulrich has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, design, construction, and site investigations for mining-related projects. BreakthroughFuel announced Doug Mueller, who currently serves as the organization's president, as the new CEO. He joined BreakthroughFuel in 2007. Craig Dickman, former BreakthroughFuel CEO, will take on the role of chairman of the board of directors. Union Pacific named Cindy Sanborn regional vice president of transpor- tation for its Western Region. She succeeds Richard Castagna, who will retire after nearly 25 years of service. Sanborn was the first woman to hold an executive operating leadership role at a Class I railroad, recently serving as executive vice president and chief operations officer at CSX. ALLU appointed Jeroen Hinnen as vice president of sales. Eriez announced that Dr. Michael J. Mankosa, exec- utive vice president of global technology, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He will be formally inducted on September 30. Accord- ing to the NAE, academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engi- neering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Throughout his career, Mankosa has published more than 100 articles in prominent scientific and tech- nical journals, obtained more than 30 process and equipment patents and received more than $2 million in research funding from a number of state and federal agencies. Bridgestone Americas announced Marisa Blank as the executive director of sales, commercial off-the- road (OTR) tires, Bridgestone Americas Tire Opera- tions (BATO). Blank joined Bridgestone in 2010, most recently serving as director of original equipment (OE) account management for the company's con- sumer tire business in North America. Husch Blackwell's Erik Dullea has been elected part- ner in the firm's Denver office. Dullea, a member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transporta- tion team, focuses on administrative and regulatory law, with an emphasis on workplace safety in heavily regulated industries that include mining, energy and aviation. Dullea joined Husch Blackwell in June 2016 as senior counsel. Metso appointed CFO Eeva Sipilä as interim presi- dent and CEO. Former President and CEO Nico Del- vaux left the company on February 2. The search for a new president and CEO is under way. Dr. Al Campoli m p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s Tyler Mitchelson Marisa Blank Eeva Sipilä Paulo Gonzalez Bryan Ulrich Doug Mueller Michael Mankosa Erik Dullea

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