Marathon Refinery Detroit - Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project 

The delay coker and flares in southwest Detroit. Marathon is currently seeking a permit to increase throughput of crude through the DHOUP and as a result certain emission limitations are requested to be increased.

At present Marathon has emission violations for 12 consecutive quarters. Endangerment of residents seems to be of no concern - Marathon’s security has even been patrolling the streets noting the comings and goings of residents and their guests. Harassment comes in many forms near the refinery - physical and mental. Even planned releases or routine maintenance likely to emit are not announced by the refinery.

It seems we can’t jail a corporate criminal… but we can stand up and demand a halt to permitting permit plans and insist on public / independent oversight. Residents have been wondering how MDEQ is working to protect our environmental quality if they are in fact easing emission limitations. “Working toward compliance” is not a good thing - that means current conditions are NOT COMPLYING and are ILLEGALLY OPERATING.

Video invitation link: http://youtu.be/jRQkpYxx3is
Video EPA Toxic Release Inventory of 2012: http://youtu.be/erNYE5EkdzQ

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Public Comment Period and Public Hearing Scheduled for Polar Environmental Service Corporation's Permit Application for a Disposal Facility

Ferndale, Michigan –The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is holding a public comment period from August 24, 2012, until September 27, 2012, and a public hearing on September 27, 2012, on Polar Environmental Service Corporation’s (PESC) proposed operation of a treatment, storage, and disposal facility for waste oils, water, and coolants that are not hazardous waste. The facility is located at 707 East Lewiston, Ferndale, Michigan. 

 The City of Ferndale and the MDEQ both believe that public input is necessary before moving forward with permit approval.  City Manager, April Lynch said

 “The City is excited that the public has a voice in this process.  The public comment period and hearing offers and opportunity for interested parties to share their concerns and questions before the MDEQ moves forward with the proposed conditional approval of PESC’s Permit to Install”. 

The public hearing will be held on September 27, 2012, in the Ferndale High School Auditorium. MDEQ’s staff will provide a brief introduction regarding the proposed project, respond to comments received during the public comment period, and answer questions directed from the audience.

During the public comment period, (August 24-September 27), the public is encouraged to submit their written views to the MDEQ by letter or by web response.  All statements received prior to the public hearing will be considered by the decision-maker prior to the final permit action. Written comments may be sent to:

Ms. Mary Ann Dolehanty
Permit Section Supervisor, MDEQ, AQD
P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-7760.

All web-based responses should be directed to the following webpage: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml. (Click on “submit comment” under the Polar Environmental Service Corporation; Permit to Install No. 5-12 listing). 



Great Lakes Petroleum - 10 million gallons asphalt storage

Great Lakes Petroleum – 10 million gallons asphalt storage

A permit to install two 5 million gallon storage containers to hold asphalt has been in a public comment period from March 5 to April 4, 2014. The permit notice from MDEQ brought two permit requests together in a combined notice.

Please note petroleum coke created by Marathon Petroleum’s delay coker (DHOUP) is used in the manufacturing of asphalt by Cadillac Asphalt at 670 S Dix St, Detroit, MI…

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@Detroitcats: Is MDEQ Aiding and abetting corporate ecoterrorism? MDEQ Metrics vs Protection #DetRefinery #DetPetcoke #pollution

When a permit to pollute gets hidden from the public it impacts. What happened to Melvindale, River Rouge, Lincoln Park to notify them of permit hearing this Wednesday February 19 @ 6pm, Kemeny Ctr at Fort and Shaefer?