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E-M:/ Detroit Incinerator Meeting April 6

News Advisory

Contact: Michelle Shewmaker, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice


Citizen Action Meeting On Detroit Incinerator

Movement To Shut Major Community Pollution Source


DETROIT, MI --On Saturday, April 6 Detroit residents will gather at the International Institute, 111 E. Kirby, to discuss public health and environmental racism issues connected with Detroit incinerator pollution.  Alternative forms of waste disposal, including recycling opportunities, will be discussed. The meeting is being held by local residents who are developing strategies to close the incinerator, the nation’s largest.  The public is invited.


What:   Citizen Action Meeting On Detroit Incinerator


Who:    Local residents


When:  2pm-4pm Saturday, April 6, 2002. 


Where: International Institute, 211 E. Kirby, Detroit.


Background:  The Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Facility aka the Detroit incinerator is up for a five-year permit renewal by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  April 11 is the deadline for public comment.  The incinerator, owned by the Philip Morris tobacco company, discharges 1,800 tons of pollutants a year, including dioxins, carbon monoxide, mercury and nitrogen oxides.