Michigan Environmental Regulators Denounce Air Quality Violation at Stellantis Due to Smells from New Detroit Jeep Plant


DETROIT – State environmental regulators say there is a “moderate to strong” paint or solvent odor emitted by automaker Stellantis’ Jeep assembly plant in east Detroit.

The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy reported an air quality violation to the automaker last month after state regulators documented “persistent and unacceptable odors of moderate intensity paint / solvent… impacting residential areas downwind of the facility, ”according to an EGLE violation notice issued to Stellantis on September 20.

EGLE air quality investigators documented the odors on three occasions – on August 27, August 31 and September 3 – after filing complaints of noxious odors, according to the notice of violation.

On the first visit, regulators said the paint and solvent odors were “of moderate intensity.” During the second and third inspections, they described the odors as “moderate to strong”.

State air quality inspectors found the odors to be “objectionable and of sufficient intensity, duration and frequency” to violate state and federal air quality laws. ‘air that prohibit emissions from heavy industrial plants from causing “unreasonable interference with the comfortable enjoyment of life and property.” “declared EGLE’s notice of violation.

EGLE’s notice of fairness violation at the plant that assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokees was first reported on Friday by the Detroit Free Press.

Stellantis’ plant on Mack Avenue – now known as the Detroit Assembly Complex Mack – opened last fall after the automaker invested $ 1.6 billion in the merger of two former engine factories in the first new vehicle assembly plant in Detroit in nearly three decades.

The plant expansion required assembling a handful of nearby residential lots, pulling out a section of Rue Saint-Jean, and removing a berm that blocked views at ground level. of the factory from the adjacent West End residential area.

The assembly plant’s new paint shop is located closest to the residential neighborhood along Mack Avenue.

Stellantis spokesperson Jodi Tinson said the automaker is still reviewing EGLE’s recent notice of violation.

“We take all environmental issues seriously and understand our responsibility to be a good neighbor,” Tinson said in a statement Friday. “We work with EGLE to identify and affirmatively resolve any issues. “

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