Marathon seeks waiver.
State environmental regulators are poised to allow the Marathon Detroit Refinery to increase emissions of at least eight air pollutants at its southwest side facility, further angering nearby residents who say they're already suffering by having to deal with the smell of sulphur that hangs in the air, while white and gray billows of smoke from the refinery's stacks provide a dreary visual backdrop for their forgotten neighborhoods.
The state Department of Environmental Quality has announced it proposes to approve Marathon's revised air pollution permits, for a refinery modernization and expansion that would increase its emissions of oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, small particulate pollution, and sulphuric acid mist.
Marathon's proposal also would increase emissions of sulphur dioxide by 22 tonnes per year in an area the US Environmental Protection Agency has designated as being "in non-attainment" for the pollutant -- meaning out of compliance with federal air pollution standards.
The DEQ will hold an informational session on Marathon refinery's plan at the River Rouge High School auditorium, 1460 W Coolidge Highway, River Rouge, with a public hearing to follow. The agency will consider public comments prior to taking final actions on Marathon's applications.
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