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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2001

Contact: Ken Silfven  (517) 241-7397

DEQ Assumes Wayne County Air Quality Duties

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality today assumes the 
responsibility for regulating air quality in Wayne County, according to DEQ 
Director Russell Harding.

Wayne County Air Pollution Control has operated as a separate contractual 
entity overseeing the county's air programs for over 30 years.  Wayne was 
the only Michigan county managing its own air program.  The county decided 
to stop operating its own program due to the required financial commitment.

Transition work between the state and county has been ongoing for several 
months.

"We are committed to protecting the quality of Wayne County's air and the 
health of its residents," Harding said.  "The fact that southeast Michigan 
is heavily populated and industrialized presents challenges.  But combining 
the experience of former county staff with the state's expertise and 
resources will reinforce our effort.  State and local cooperation already 
has resulted in the Detroit area's ability to meet national air 
standards.  That's a significant achievement for a major metropolitan area, 
and we will continue building on that success."

About 37 positions are being added to the DEQ air program due to the 
transition.  Many of the positions will be based in Detroit though others 
will be in the DEQ's Livonia and Lansing offices.  County air program 
employees who applied for jobs with the DEQ are receiving first consideration.

New Source Review permit applications from Wayne County will now be sent to 
the DEQ Air Quality Division Permit Section in Lansing for 
processing.  Information on the New Source Review program is available on 
the Internet at www.deq.state.mi.us/aqd/permits/permits.html.  Lynn 
Fiedler, permitting section supervisor, can be reached at (517) 373-7087.

Other air issues such as Renewable Operating Permits, routine reports, and 
air quality questions or concerns can be addressed by contacting Lillian 
Woolley or Wilhemina McLemore in the DEQ Detroit Office, 300 River Place, 
Suite 3600, Detroit, MI 48207.  The phone number is (313) 392-6480.

General air quality information is available on the Air Quality Division's 
Internet Web page at www.deq.state.mi.us/aqd.

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