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State Leaders Tour Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods

May 22, 2019

Image of Group touring Southwest Detroit NeighborhoodsOn Monday, May 13, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark joined State Senator Stephanie Chang and State Representatives Tyrone Carter and Abdullah Hammoud for a community-led tour of Southwest Detroit, south Dearborn, Ecorse, and River Rouge.

?As the tour traveled through residential neighborhoods and stopped at schools, churches and parks, it highlighted the proximity of homes to industry, including the area’s steel mills, coal-fired power plant, petroleum refinery, automotive plant, and wastewater treatment facility.

"I truly appreciate members of this frontline community for taking time to tour their neighborhoods with me. Visiting this important part of our state again provides a fresh reminder of how remarkable it is and reinforces why our work at EGLE matters so much," Clark said.

The group also visited air monitoring trailers that the community worked with our Air Quality Division to set up in 2016.? Central topics of conversation along the route included heavy truck traffic on local streets and the forthcoming Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will bisect the community on its United States end.

"Strengthening relationships among EGLE leaders, the community, and local lawmakers is an important priority for this new administration,” said EGLE Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong, who also participated in the tour.? "This community is exceptionally well-informed and deeply engaged in both their community and EGLE's work, because it makes such a direct and dramatic difference in their lives.? We're committed to maintaining a robust partnership between area residents and the dedicated EGLE scientists, engineers, and experts who work in the community."

Photo: EGLE Director and area legislators enjoy a community tour of southwest Detroit neighborhoods.

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