Originally Posted by LMich
Very interesting tour. Interestingly enough, I'd never heard of the term "Chemical Valley", and I don't think it's what we call it on this side of the river. The only name that region gets, down here, is Blue Water Area because of how clear the St. Clair is and Lake Huron.
BTW, I'm pretty sure the big, brick power plant you're talking about in Marysville is the old St. Clair Power Plant in East China, and it's nowhere close to be shutting down. In fact, it was added to last in 2005 and is one of DTE's largest, most productive power plants. The newer Belle River Power Plant next door is a hybrid and burns natural gas and coal, St. Clair Power Plant burns oil and coal, Lambton Generating Station burns just coal.
The Canadian side is the Chemical Valley, and much more heavily industrialized. The American side is industrial too, but more manufacturing and power plants. The Canadian area is also called the Bluewater region.
There are three power plants on the American side:
The Marysville plant, between Marysville and Port Huron:
The Belle River plant in East China township (built in the 1980s):
The St. Clair Plant:
The last two plants are located between Marine City and St. Clair, Michigan. I never see smoke coming from the Marysville plant, but the other two are always working.
This is Lambton Generating Station on the Canadian side, just north of the American plants: