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Greetings activists,

The Detroit incinerator (a.k.a. Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Facility), is eligible for a Title V permit renewal.

DEQ Air Quality meeting for the public will be held next Thursday, January 30, at the Delray United Action Council, 7194 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI (Delray neighborhood).

For those of you who are not familiar with this issue, see points of contention below:

Detroit incinerator is a waste-to-energy (or "wasted energy") plant.  Far greater energy is saved by recycling than any electricity produced by burning garbage with #2 fuel oil.

Detroit recycles virtually nothing except the metal pulled out of the incinerator.

The Detroit incinerator burns waste at a rate of 3600 tons per day - the largest in the U.S. is permit restricted to burn only out of 3 furnaces at a time. Still, it emits over 1800 tons per year of toxic metals, acid gasses and numerous chemical compounds including mercury and dioxins.

Detroiters are paying 3-5 times what other communities pay to use landfills, and are likely subsidizing outside or commercial waste; recycling could save Detroiters money and create more jobs.

Tell the DEQ, we want more controls, more monitoring and more enforcement and carry the fight to city hall and city council to stop the burn and start recycling.

Other environmental justice concerns:
There are fish advisories for mercury in every inland lake in Michigan and levels of dioxin in Great Lakes fish have increased.

Toxic metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury cause neurological and heart damage, affect brain function and are extremely toxic to the human fetus.

Acid gasses such as SO2, Nox, HCL are corrosive to both buildings and human lungs, contribute to acid rain and help form ground level ozone.

Particulates from smoke stack emissions are linked to heart and lung disease.

Dioxins in the most minute amounts are most toxic substance known to science, can be directly inhaled or build up in the food chain.  Dioxins are a known human carcinogen, hormone disrupter and are linked to endometriosis, diabetes, low sperm counts and various immunological diseases. Asthma?

Studies confirm that children in zip codes near the incinerator have the highest blood levels for lead and highest asthma rates in the state.

Here's a segment from the DEQ'S official public notice:

Michigan Department Of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division

The Department of Environmental Quality is holding an extended public comment period and a public hearing for the draft initial Renewable Operating (RO) Permit under consideration to be issued to Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Facility located at 5700 Russell Street in Detroit, Michigan.  The facility's Responsible Official is Richard Scannell, Facility Manager.

The public hearing will be held at the Delray United Action Council, 7914 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan at 7:00 p.m. on January 30, 2002.

Major stationary sources of air pollutants are required to obtain and operate in compliance with a RO Permit pursuant to Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act of 1990 and Section 5506(1) of Article II, Chapter I, Part 55 (Air Pollution Control) of P.A. 451 of 1994.  The RO Permit is intended to simplify and clarify a facility's applicable requirements and compliance with them by consolidating all state and federal air quality requirements into one document.  The proposed RO Permit will result in no emissions change at the facility.