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E-M:/ Press Release: City of Hamtramck Calls for Incineration Phase out
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City of Hamtramck Calls for Incineration Phase out
What: City of Hamtramck urges MDEQ to phase out municipal incineration.
Why: To protect the environmental health of the community
When: Tuesday Night 1-29-02
Quotes from: Mayor Gary Zych and Councilman Rob Cedar
For more information contact
Rob Cedar- 313-365-4722
In a rare unanimous vote the Hamtramck City Council passed a resolution
calling for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to deny
the Detroit Municipal Waste Incinerator a full operating permit, asking
instead for the implementation of aggressive recycling, waste reduction and
The resolution was introduced by first term Councilman and Director of the
Hamtramck Environmental Action Team (HEAT) Rob Cedar, who explained saying,
"The State needs to recognize that there are safer, cheaper and more
environmentally friendly ways of dealing with municipal waste''. "As long as
the state allows this incinerator to operate the surrounding neighborhoods
will suffer unnecessary health risks" Adding that "This resolution tells the
state that we care about the health of our community and want them to take
the necessary actions to improve the quality of our air."
Hamtramck is an enclave of Detroit and with 25,000 residents is the only
urban Michigan community with a population growth during the last census.
Endorsing the resolution, Hamtramck Mayor Gary Zych said: "With the increased
population in Hamtramck we need to be concerned about keeping our
neighborhoods safe and attractive. The continued operation of this
incinerator is in no way attractive and is a health threat to Hamtramck and
Less than one half mile upwind of Hamtramck the Detroit incinerator (a.k.a.
Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Facility) is located near the junction of
I-94 and I-75. With a burn capacity of 3600 tons per day it's the largest
in the U. S and is allowed to emit to the air over 1800 tons per year of
toxic metals, acid gasses and hazardous chemical compounds including mercury
and dioxins. "The Incinerator is located in a predominantly poor and
minority nighborhood making this an environmental justice issue." Said Cedar.
The Council Resolution was part of a public comment period regarding the
MDEQ's review of a new permit that will allow the incinerator to continue
operation for another five years. "Meanwhile", says Cedar, Detroit and
nearby communities barely make and effort to recycle and Toronto is taking
advantage of Wayne County's cheap landfill space." Not only is the
incinerator bad for the health of our communities but it has become an
unnecessary burden on our pocketbooks."
The Hamtramck Environmental Action Team is a grass roots organization working
to improve the environmental health and quality of life in the Hamtramck area.
Here is a copy of the Resolution.
A Council Resolution:
Whereas the City Council of Hamtramck is greatly concerned about the quality
of life and health of our residents,
And whereas the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing a
Renewable Operating (RO) Permit to be issued to Greater Detroit Resource
Recovery Facility located at 5700 Russell Street in Detroit, Michigan, also
known as the Detroit Municipal Incinerator.
And Whereas the Detroit Municipal Incinerator is the largest such incinerator
in the United States burning 400,000 Tons of waste each year and emitting
thousands of tons of toxins and air pollutants into our air.
And whereas the City of Hamtramck is directly downwind of the Detroit
And whereas there are readily available less expensive and more
environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal,
Therefore, We The City Council of Hamtramck do hereby resolve and request
that the MDEQ deny the permit for full and continued operation of the Detroit
Municipal Incinerator and instead implement programs to phase out the use of
incineration for the disposal of municipal waste. As an alternative we ask
that you move toward aggressive recycling, waste reduction, pollution
prevention and appropriate landfilling.
City of Hamtramck
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