DETROIT (WWJ) – A controversial Detroit incinerator that has produced a bad odor distribution for miles closes well.
Detroit Renewable Energy bought the incineration plant in 2017 and put $ 23 million in upgrades; But it has not been enough to stop the plant, near I-94 and I-75, from running contrary to state emission standards and increasing the zeal of local residents.
DRE director Todd Grzech said Wednesday that there will be no smell this summer.
"Serving our community and being a good neighbor in the coming years is our first priority," said Grzech, who quoted both economic and societal concerns as the reasons for the closure. "The decision completes the odor, noise and other societal genes, and allows the Detroit Thermal to focus on investing where it's important," he added.
Mayor Mike Duggan says the city will work with DRE and the incinerator's 1
"Detroit City has pushed Detroit Renewable Energy to address neighborhood concerns over the incinerator for almost a year. Now that the company has decided to shut down the incinerator, the city will soon have the ability to influence the future use of this property," said Duggan.
Duggan said it is his "strong preference" that a waste incineration plant is never placed there again. "We will pursue our legal opportunities to ensure that this remains the case," he added.
Together with the nasal neigbors, the closure is great winner for the State Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit) ran the problem.
"The people who live in the art center area or on the east side nearby complain of very, very unpleasant smells," Robinson said. "And you know when you drive up I-94 near Mt. Elliot where you also have American ecology dumping toxic and radioactive waste into our water … you can get headaches just driving down the road."
Duggan said The city's waste contract with Detroit Renewable Energy will be transferred to another company, and as rates are locked in through the rest of the contract, officials do not expect that there will be no additional cost to the taxpayer.