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Detroit incinerator to pay $350,000, fix odor problems

The Detroit incinerator
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The Detroit incinerator

People near Detroit's waste incinerator will soon get some relief from its foul odors.

Joy Yearout is a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General.

She says the owners agreed to install technology to reduce the smell - and that will improve the quality of life for people in Detroit.

"More and more people are moving downtown," says Yearout.  "You've got a lot of creative business owners investing and helping it grow -- and if you want to attract more employees and businesses, you've got to have a healthy and pleasant environment to work and live in."

The company will also pay $350,000 in fines, which will go into the state's General Fund.

Yearout says complaints about bad smells rose more than tenfold after new owners took over the incinerator - one of the nation's largest - and increased its operations.

The incinerator burns the waste to generate electricity.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.