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Detroit incinerator loses its permits to operate

The Detroit incinerator
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The Detroit incinerator

The State of Michigan has revoked the permits to operate the Detroit trash incinerator.

For decades, neighbors complained about the odors coming from the site in Detroit. The trash incinerator had been cited many times before the company shut down the incinerator almost two years ago.

Now, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Detroit Renewable Power have agreed to a consent judgment.

“Well, it was long standing air quality violations, both some emission limit exceedances and I think, as you’re aware, a long-standing odor concern to the neighborhood in the area,” said Jason Wolf with EGLE’s Air Quality Division enforcement unit.

Despite the incinerator being shut down by the company, the state pursued the case against the company.

“This is just to resolve those past violations and just to, you know, completely close the books and removing those permits to allow the incineration was something we still wanted to get accomplished,” Wolf said.

The incinerator site near the intersection of I-94 and I-75 in Detroit will still be used as a solid waste transfer station.

Detroit Renewable Power did not respond to a request for comment.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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