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Marathon refinery to pay a fine and pay for environmental projects as part of settlement deal

Nathan Bishop

The state and the Marathon refinery in southwest Detroit have a proposed deal to resolve some alleged air violations from back in 2017.

Nick Assendelft is a spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

“Those are things for such as exceeding particulate matter and other emissions, emitting nuisance odors on multiple occasions,” said Assendelft.

The proposed Consent Order means Marathon has to fix the air quality problems, plus pay a fine.

“The fine is about $81,000, but they'll also spend $282,000 on two supplemental environmental projects,” Assendelft said.

Those projects are installing an air filtration system at a nearby grade school to clean up the indoor air and putting up an online real-time air quality data website for the public.

“Both these things are items that the community had some involvement with in terms of what they were interested in seeing Marathon spend some money on to try to resolve these violations,” Assendelft added.

People have 60 days to comment on the proposed agreement before it’s finalized, but Marathon has already started work at the school.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Radio from 1998-2010.