By Mary Agnes Welch Star Staff Reporter
The largest garbage incinerator in the
-- located a few miles from downtown Windsor
-- has again raised the hackles of environmentalists.
Dozens gathered in a Detroit
church basement Monday to oppose a state permit that would
allow the incinerator to operate for another five years.
The incinerator, located a few blocks
east of Wayne
burns about 2,000 tons of garbage per day, emitting more
than 1,800 tons of hazardous air pollutants like mercury,
lead and smog-producing nitrogen oxide and volatile organic
compounds every year.
environmentalists say the incinerator's emissions are
linked to significantly higher rates of lead poisoning,
asthma and other respiratory ailments in the mostly poor
neighbourhoods of downtown and
The same pollutants waft over Windsor,
says Shawn Hupka of Windsor's
Citizens Environment Alliance. "It certainly causes
a lot of our problems," he said. "We're getting
it, wind or no wind."
The CEA is preparing a written objection
to the permit renewal, asking for the incinerator to be
At the very least, neighbours
and environmentalist want state-of-the-art technology
added to the incinerator to reduce emissions.
a neighbourhood resident with family in Windsor,
also gave the Department of Environmental Quality staffers
a copy of a new report linking Windsor's
high levels of cancer to pollution.
The city of Detroit,
which owns the facility, has said the incinerator is safe,
complies with emissions rules and significantly reduces
the amount of landfill space used.