Power company ordered to cease operation after violations - WNEM TV 5

Power company ordered to cease operation after violations

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A Mid-Michigan power company has operated as a family-owned business for nearly a decade, but now they are being given one week to cease all operations.

Documents recently uncovered by TV5 show Boyce Hydro Power has failed to comply with a long list of operating requirements.

"I knew it was probably coming," said Dave Kosht, resident.

He was not surprised to find out the company was in hot water with the federal government.

Boyce Hydro operates a dam between Wixom Lake and the Tittabawassee River. The dam is used to make electricity.

According to the documents obtained by TV5, court order is giving Boyce Hydro one week to bring that operation to a halt.

According to the court order, Boyce Hydro is in violation of the Federal Power Act. The government's primary concern is the apparent failure of Boyce Hydro to address the project's allegedly inadequate spillway capacity.

The documents go on to say Boyce Hydro had 13 years to address the problem and others related to it.

"I'm in agreement that Boyce Hydro has failed to do a lot of things around here. But I don't know how long it's going to affect this community," said Bill Whitten, Edenville resident.

Whitten is concerned Boyce Hydro may not be able to produce electricity soon.

"Well, I would hope that they would come to some type of agreement - the government and Boyce Hydro. I mean, let's get this taken care of. This is the wrong time of the year to go through this," Whitten said.

Those concerns are not shared by Kosht. He is optimistic lake levels will stay safe, even if Boyce Hydro is no longer in the electricity business.

"If they're going to pull his license, the dam will probably operate just as a free flowing dam that can be controlled with gates. So that it maintains the water level correctly here. And prevents incidental flooding down on the Tittabawassee River as it goes towards Midland," Kosht said.

TV5 made repeated attempts to reach the owner of Boyce Hydro to comment, but have not heard back.

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