Kat Stafford and Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 2:14 PM EDT Mar 27, 2019 Detroit Renewable Power, the city's long-standing and controversial solid waste incinerator, has closed 33 years after it first opened. The incinerator, near the interchange of I-75 and I-94, has been a source of ire and frustration for many nearby residents who have raised concerns about strong odors and noise from the facility for years. Operations are expected to cease this week but it will take between 60 and 90 days for the facility to fully power down, CEO Todd Grzech said in an interview Wednesday, adding that the decision was driven by financial and community concerns. The company said its already notified many of the communities that will be impacted by the closure, including Detroit, the Grosse Pointes and Warren. Grzech said the transition will be "seamless" and that the various cities will have their contracts transferred to other waste facilities across the … [Read more...] about Detroit incinerator closing: Detroit Renewable Power to close
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Louis Aguilar and Christine MacDonald The Detroit News Published 2:03 PM EDT Mar 27, 2019 Detroit — The controversial waste incinerator that has generated complaints for years over its emission violations and noxious odors on the city's east side is permanently shutting down Wednesday, the owner of the facility said. The Detroit Renewable Power facility near Interstates 94 and 75 was too old and that the cost of eliminating its odor issues was too high, said Todd Grzech CEO of Detroit Renewable Energy on Wednesday. Renewable Energy is the holding company for the waste-to-energy plant. The company bought the facility for $200 million two years ago and invested an estimated $23 million to upgrade it. The closure impacts 150 workers at the facility, which is on property that is city owned. "There will be no smell this summer," Grzech said Wednesday. Renewable Energy is the holding company for the waste-to-energy plant. The 300 … [Read more...] about Detroit’s controversial incinerator permanently shutting down today
Leonard N. Fleming The Detroit News Published 6:02 PM EDT Mar 21, 2019 The Great Lakes region is getting warmer faster than the rest of America, resulting in extreme weather patterns, rising lake levels, flooding and the influx of invasive species, according to a study released Thursday. The annual mean air temperature in the region, which includes portions of the U.S. Midwest, Northeast and southern Canada, rose 1.6 degrees from 1901-60 and 1985-2016, according to the report commissioned by the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center. The mean temperature for the remainder of the United States increased 1.2 degrees during the same period, according to "An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes." The study, produced by 18 scientists mostly from Midwestern universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was discussed in an hour-long morning conference call. The region is expected to … [Read more...] about Report: Great Lakes warming faster than rest of U.S.
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 The Great Lakes Basin has warmed more over the last 30 years than the rest of the contiguous United States — and could warm dramatically more by the end of the 21st Century, a new, first-of-its-kind study of how climate change has impacted the Great Lakes region finds. Among the study's other findings: The number of cold winter days that never reach a 32-degree high temperature could drop significantly — by almost two months under some scientifically modeled scenarios. Areas within the Great Lakes Basin could see an increase of 17 to 40 extremely warm days, with temperatures above 90 degrees, by century's end. More spring flooding and rainfall in extreme precipitation events could occur, disrupting agriculture and causing expensive infrastructure damage and runoff into rivers and lakes that leads to beach closings and algae blooms. Some fish species will be negatively … [Read more...] about Great Lakes Basin warming faster than elsewhere, study says
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 4:41 PM EST Feb 15, 2019 Petroleum coke — the chunky, sooty refinery byproduct often stored in piles along the Detroit River that led to black, swirling clouds of misery for nearby residents a few years ago — is once again causing a dust-up. Marathon Petroleum, which makes and markets "pet coke" as a fuel for things such as cement kilns and utility boilers, is seeking a variance from several provisions of a 2017 Detroit ordinance on riverfront storage of such products — including a requirement that the pet coke be stored and processed in enclosed structures. The public has until Feb. 25 to submit comments on Marathon's requested variance to the city's Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department. The ordinance was passed after years of controversy surrounding large pet coke piles along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge. In 2013, despite … [Read more...] about Marathon wants to keep storing pet coke uncovered along Detroit River