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E-M:/ MEDIA ADVISORY-Hamtramck Incinerator Draws National Attention

Enviro-Mich message from RobC313@aol.com


For Immediate Release: May 1, 2001       

Contact:    Rob Cedar, 313-365-4722

Donele Wilkens, 313-821-1064 

Kathryn Savoie,     313-554-0378



WHAT: A press conference to release An Analysis of Environmental Justice 
Concerns in Downwind Areas Near the Hamtramck Medical Waste Incinerator, a 
report on the disproportionate environmental impact of the commercial medical 
waste disposal in Michigan.

The report's demographic analysis shows that minority, immigrant, low income, 
and vulnerable populations are all disproportionately located near the 
state's only commercial medical waste incinerator in Hamtramck. The same 
company that owns the Hamtramck incinerator uses a much cleaner technology at 
its Grand Blanc facility, which is in a more affluent community with 
significantly fewer minority community members. 

WHO: The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Hamtramck Environmental 
Action Team (HEAT), Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services 
(ACCESS), and Hamtramck elected officials will be joined by environmental 
justice leaders from the National Black Environmental and Economic
Justice Coordinating Committee, including Damu Smith and Dr. Beverly Wright.  

WHERE: Best Western Downtown, 2nd Floor, 1020 Washington Blvd, Detroit.

WHEN: Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. press conference.

WHY: Numerous studies have shown that communities of color and low income 
communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. This 
report shows that commercial medical waste disposal in Michigan also follows 
this disturbing trend. 

"Hamtramck offers affordable housing but we shouldn't have to compromise our 
health by living here."  said Rob Cedar of the Hamtramck Environmental Action 
Team (HEAT) "We're a community of proud people living in a heavily 
industrialized urban area.  The kind of community that helped build America." 
 "People have a right to breathe clean toxic free air no matter where they 
live" Added Cedar.

"It is unacceptable that burning waste from hospitals-institutions of 
healing-is the source of pollution into our communities," said Donele Wilkens 
of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.  "That the safer 
alternatives are being in Grand Blanc, but not at the Hamtramck facility is a 
stark example of environmental injustice.

MEDIA VISUALS:  Good visuals, including yard signs, enlarged  photos, and 
graphs. Community leaders will also be available to accompany press to the 
incinerator after the press conference.

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