Friday, January 29, 2016
Mayor Mike Duggan tonight tore into Marathon Petroleum's proposal to increase certain pollutants at its refinery in southwest Detroit, ultimately threatening a lawsuit against the state if it approves the oil company's plan.
Against the backdrop of the state's slow reaction to the Flint water crisis, Duggan said Marathon's plan, which ultimately would decrease sulfur dioxide in the gasoline it sells, would come at the expense of Detroiters who live near the refining process and the resulting emissions.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Sprawling across 250 acres in southwest Detroit, the Marathon Petroleum refinery cranks through 123,000 barrels of oil per day.
And produces 250 tons of sulfur dioxide each year.
Sulfur dioxide causes respiratory and pulmonary problems, and can aggravate heart problems. And it's just one chemical in the toxic stew that residents of Michigan's most polluted ZIP code breathe in, every day. That area is home to 10 large polluters, from Marathon to U.S. Steel to a slew of DTE Energy coal plants.
Now, Marathon is asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to release up to 22 additional tons of sulfur dioxide per year, a result of the company's efforts to meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for gasoline. MDEQ said earlier this month that it was prepared to approve the permit.