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RE: E-M:/ Hamtramck Incinerator

I was on the phone with EdArdle just a moment ago, he told me about DEQ denying the permit. I understand a little better now the issue of economics, jobs, and development.  I also understand sustainability.  Talking about a tremendous success, and don’t we need this about now?  Anna, Lydia, and Ed did a tremendous job and we all (Detroit, Hamtramck, Wayne County on and on) have so much to be thankful for.  I think that in this war for clean air, we have learned a lot.  When everyday people come together for a cause they make a difference.  What better memorial for Mary Beth, I know, she is smiling, jumping up and down, saying YES!  Mary Beth’s contribution in this was more than what we can see.  What a perfect example of what can happen when people come together for a cause.  Everyone had a critical place.  Testifying at the hearing, walking in the demonstrations, meeting year after year, month after month, week after week.  Expert testimony.  The father who’s wife died from cancer, everyone.  CONGRADULATIONS ! ! ! 


I hope that DEQ will respond in the same manner with Great Lakes Steel, another dirty performer.  





From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of ortpam@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 9:17 AM
To: Anne Woiwode; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Hamtramck Incinerator


For all of those who have worked so hard, and for so long in this fight, justice has finally come.  Thank you for your commitment. You make the world a better place.

Pamela Ortner
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do". Goethe


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Dozens of people who have worked very, very hard on this fight for a very long time deserve an enormous amount of thanks for the fight, including Sierra Club volunteers Anna Holden, Ed McArdle and Lydia Fischer.  For many as well, the spirit of Mary Beth Doyle has continued on in this fight.


I want to also thank the folks at the DEQ for doing the right thing on the Hamtramck Incinerator permit application and as the press release makes clear, preparing to take this even farther by initiating efforts to shut down this badly polluting facility for once and for all.  This is an example of the best kind of environmental decision making, and deserves kudos from all!


Anne Woiwode


From MDEQ moments ago…………………….




January 24, 2005


Contact:  Robert McCann

              (517) 241-7397


DEQ Denies Permit Application for Hamtramck Incinerator


The Department of Environmental Quality has announced the denial of a permit application from Michigan Waste Services, a medical waste incinerator located in Hamtramck.  The application would have allowed the facility to convert its existing medical waste incinerator to a co-fired combustor incinerator at the location.


The DEQ noted in a denial letter to the company that their failure to demonstrate a commitment to comply with the conditions in the draft permit, as well as their continued failure to comply with a current permit and consent order for the existing incinerator, led to the decision to deny their application.  Specifically, the DEQ noted MWS failure to implement a mercury waste reduction plan, failure to perform required preventative maintenance activities, and failure to complete maintenance records.


"Michigan Waste Services history of operating far outside the boundaries of environmental regulations played a large role in the decision to deny this permit application," said G. Vinson Hellwig, Chief of the DEQ's Air Quality Division and decision maker on the permit application.  "Their continued violations are unacceptable to the community, and are unfair to the many businesses in Michigan that take pride in their environmental efforts."


In addition to the denial of MWS new permit application, the DEQ announced that it has begun the process to revoke the company's current operating permit for the existing medical waste incinerator. This process will require additional hearings, including a public hearing and comment period which will be detailed in the coming weeks. In the interim, while the revocation process takes place, the company has a right to continue operations at the facility pending the outcome of the legal process.









Thomas K. Rohrer, Director

Environmental Studies Program

318 Brooks Hall

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant  MI  48859

U. S. A.


Ph. (989) 774-4409

email = tom.rohrer@cmich.edu


CMU Environmental Studies Program information is available at:





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