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Air permits for companies that benefited from behind-the-scenes lobbying updated

by: Eric B.

Mon May 12, 2014 at 14:16:04 PM EDT


Anyone remember that thing from last week where the Free Press looked into a huge polluter in a densely populated part of metro Detroit and found that industrial plants whose owners received behind-the-scenes lobbying from the MEDC to update their permits into compliance? Right, this week, those factories got word ... their air permits were updated, natch.

State environmental officials have agreed to update air quality permits for two of the state’s biggest and most polluting industrial facilities.

Dearborn’s Marathon oil refinery and Dearborn’s Severstal steel plants have had trouble complying with their state permits in recent years.

And, as we all know, when a polluter is having difficulty complying with the terms of a permit, what needs to change is the permit rather than the polluter's behavior.

Eric B. :: Air permits for companies that benefited from behind-the-scenes lobbying updated
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