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E-M:/ Hamtramck Incinerator and the "new" Steve Chester MDEQ



Hello all environmentalist, clean air activists, educators, students and even State employees.
 
If ever there was an opportunity for the "new Steve Chester MDEQ" to show the people and corporations of Michigan that they will not tolerate repeated violations and bad management at a pollution source the Hamtramck Incinerator issue is that opportunity.
 
With dozens of violations (still unresolved in court action) Michigan Waste Services has applied for a new permit that would allow the old failed medical waste incinerator to burn pathological, chemotherapy and pharmaceutical waste under weaker standards than the old incinerator permit and consent order. In addition to emission violations for a number of toxins the company has been violated for failure to maintain equipment, failure to keep records and failure to educate its customers on mercury abatement. This is a company that has flaunted MDEQ authority and shown a flagrant disregard to earlier and current permits.
 
The law allows the MDEQ to deny a permit for cause such as repeated violations or a bad compliance history and the ONLY appropriate action is to deny this permit. Anything less should be viewed as coddling the polluter.
 
If you want to be part of this historic decision please attend the Dec 2 Public Hearing in Hamtramck. It's at 7 PM in the High School Recreation Center Gym, 11350 Charest, Hamtramck 48212
 
Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (P.A. 451 of 1994, as amended-Part 55) MCL 324.5503 Powers of department. Sec. 5503.
 
The law is clear and so should be the air we breath.
 
Rob Cedar
Director -HEAT- Hamtramck Environmental Action Team
President pro tem Hamtramck City Council
Home/office (313) 871- 9002