The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division and EQ Detroit Inc. (doing business as US Ecology – Detroit South [USE]) on Sept. 11, 2020, entered a Consent Order to address on-going odor violations at the facility. USE operates an 11.5-acre waste treatment plant located at 1923 Frederick Street in Detroit.
USE is licensed under state laws for solid waste and hazardous waste management. The facility treats and solidifies industrial waste prior to off-site disposal. Between August 2019 and August 2020, staff from EGLE’s Air Quality Division (AQD), verified five instances of unreasonable nuisance odors coming from the facility and issued Violation Notices to USE for those instances.
The Consent Order requires USE to submit an Odor Control Plan to MMD for review and approval within 90 days of the date it was entered.
“This order requires US Ecology – Detroit South to control odors from its waste processing operations in accordance with Michigan’s regulations,” said Liz Browne, interim director for MMD. “Our goal is to ensure USE is not a nuisance to neighbors and that the facility is operated safely.”
Primary tenets of the Consent Order also include the following:
For more information about the Consent Order, contact Tracy Kecskemeti at 248-200-6469 or KecskemetiT@Michigan.gov.