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E-M:/ Metro Times: "The Big Burn: America's largest garbage incinerator and the movement to shut it down"

Metro Times, one of the gems of in-depth reporting in Michigan, reports on the pending decisions regarding the future of the Detroit Incinerator. 


A few folks on this list were there when this facility first came into view -- a 500 person hearing in the Detroit City Council chambers before the Michigan Air Pollution Control Commission that went to 2 in the morning -- APCC members took a lot of abuse, not just from sitting in those seats for so long.  Another APCC hearing when the incinerator exceeded their emission standards where the incinerator was shut down -- one of the gutsiest moves by any Michigan environmental body ever.  Bad deals by the Blanchard administration that encouraged the facility. Litigation brought by the Province of Ontario, Sierra Club, Detroit Audubon Society and a Cass Corridor environmental group, with the environmental groups being represented by Mark Richardson. 


There are definitely many lessons from this history that should be learned now -- later is better than never, but it appears there is no guarantee those lessons will actually be learned.  AW

The big burn

America's largest garbage incinerator and the movement to shut it down

The deadline is fast approaching.

Within the next three months, Detroit must make a monumental decision regarding the 1 billion pounds of waste its residents produce each year.




Anne M. Woiwode, State Director

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter - 109 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906  - 517-484-2372    anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org

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