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Date:         Thu, 30 May 2002 11:58:08 -0400
Subject:      New DEQ Press Release - 5/30/02
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 30 May 2002 16:10:14.0765 (UTC) 
Status: U

May 30, 2002

Contact: Ken Silfven
               (517) 241-7397

State Authorities Raid Brown City Salvage Yard
DEQ, State Police, DNR secure illegal site for investigation

State authorities launched a pre-dawn raid to secure an illegal Brown
City scrap yard and arrested its owner, the Department of Environmental
Quality announced today.

Cooperating in this joint effort were the DEQ Office of Criminal
Investigations, the DEQ Waste Management Division, the Michigan State
Police Lapeer Post, the Michigan State Police Emergency Services Team,
and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Division.

The operation against Midway Disposal was in response to owner Larry
Wilcox's repeated refusal to allow authorities on the site despite the
issuance of a search warrant.  The scrap yard at 4235 N. Van Dyke is not
registered with the DEQ.  It is suspected of being a solid waste
transfer and processing disposal area.

The site also serves as the headquarters for a self-described militia
group.  Earlier threats against law-enforcement officers prompted the
agencies to respond with sufficient strength to protect the public and
ensure that the situation remained under control.  Sixty-one officers
and staff from the DEQ, DNR and State Police were on hand.

State Police entered the site at about 4:40 a.m. and declared it secure
at 4:55 a.m.  Wilcox, of 6854 Clear Lake Road, Imlay City, was arrested
shortly afterward on an outstanding warrant for resisting and
obstructing stemming from an incident about 10 days ago.  He was on his
way to the scene when the arrest was made.

The area contains large amounts of waste and scrap metal.  Staff of
DEQ's Waste Management Division are now on the site taking samples to
determine if any hazardous substances exist.

"We will vigorously enforce the laws that protect Michigan's public
health and environment," DEQ Director Russell Harding said.  "I applaud
the outstanding work of all involved agencies for their cooperation and
professionalism.  We are grateful that their sound planning and
execution of this joint operation avoided injury to the officers, public
and suspects."


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