Renew Harbor Island





Who is Involved in Renew Harbor Island?

The City of Grand Haven is leader the renew Harbor Island Project. This project also is being supported by a team of partners and consultants, including:

  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
  • Community Advisory Group
  • HDR – Consultant
What is Coal Ash or CCR?

The process of burning coal to produce steam and generate electricity leaves behind a byproduct referred to as “coal ash”, “coal combustion residuals”, or “CCR.”

What is Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS)?

PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS are a diverse group of human-made chemicals used in a wide range of consumer, industrial products, and firefighting foam. PFAS were detected at the former JB Sims power plant.

Why did the plans for the former JB Sims Plant change?

The plans to renovate the JB Sims Plant site into mixed-use development were paused because the City needs to complete further environmental investigations, and clean up the property before it can determine an appropriate future use for the property. The City will keep this website updated as the environmental investigation and clean up progresses, and will provide the public opportunities to engage with us regarding potential future uses of the Island.

Has the City received notice of a violation for this project?

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) issued an Enforcement Notice to the Grand Haven Board of Power and Light that allege several regulatory violations concerning coal ash located at the former JB Sims power plant. The City of Grand Haven is working closely with EGLE to address the alleged violations and to properly cleanup the property. PFAS chemicals were discovered on the property last year. Therefore, the City is addressing both the coal ash and PFAS at the same time in a holistic approach. The website will continue to provide updates on the project and the negotiations with EGLE.

How can I learn more or stay involved in this effort?

This website is a great place to start. Our goal is to keep this website updated with project information and resources, as well as opportunities for public engagement and input. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.