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E-M:/ Protest Continental Aluminum

Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Gearhart <jeffg@ecocenter.org>

The company which made famous the phrase "smells like money" when
questioned about its noxious, toxic emissions is being offered
offered up yet another chance redeem itself by the DEQ.   After being
kicked out of Detroit(for a series of violation too numerous to
count), the company relocated it aluminum smelting operation to New
Hudson.   This very predictably prompted reams of complaints and a
steady stream of NOVs from the DEQ.  However despite all of this
attention, DEQ is prepared to give company the green light to carry
on.   Please show-up at the hearing to show your support to the
community which continues to have to deal with this unpleasant

Jeff Gearhart
Ecology Center


The purpose of the hearing is for the community to comment on a new
permit that DEQ proposes to issue to Continental Aluminum, allowing
continued operations in New Hudson, and on a proposed consent order
resolving outstanding violations of its current permit by Continental
Aluminum at the New Hudson facility. This hearing will be the
community's only opportunity
to voice its concerns to DEQ regarding Continental Aluminum.
For more information, contact:  http://www.continentalaluminum.com

June 6, 2001, at 7:00 p.m.
South Lyon Middle School Cafeteria
61526 West Nine Mile Road, South Lyon
Nine Mile & Pontiac Trail

Ten Top Reasons to tell Continental Aluminum to Leave:

Even though the new restrictions for Continental Aluminum reduce some
emissions, the terms under the new MDEQ agreement are unacceptable
for the following reasons:

1. Visible emissions are too high (up to 27%)

2. Applicant is not reliable enough to conduct self tests (an outside
source should be used)

3. Continental Aluminum will still release particulate, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride, and chlorine emissions. This problem has
not gone away.

4. The stack height from 50 feet to 80 feet from reverberatory
furnace bag houses will be increased. This does not treat the
problem, it just spreads the misery.

5. They shall provide notice of an abnormal condition, start-up,
shutdown, or malfunction that results in emissions of a hazardous or
toxic air pollutant in excess of standards for more than one hour, or
of any air contaminant in excess of standards for more than two
hours. (They can pollute for an hour, stop for an unspecified time,
then, pollute some more).

6. The permit does not deal with the issue of noise, which is proven excessive.

7. Continental Aluminum has up to 18 months to comply with the terms
of the new permit. Are you willing to wait to find out IF they comply?

8. The presence of Continental Aluminum has reduced the development
of new projects.

9. The value of homes in the area have been adversely affected.

10. Continental Aluminum, after four years, has still failed to
comply with the original terms of operation. When is enough, enough?
When is the probation over?

Just say no!

No more Continental Aluminumä

Jeff Gearhart
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734)663-2400 x117
(734)663-2414 fx.


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