Call to Action:
Detroit People’s Platform Members and Supporters
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) must take action to protect Detroit residents.
For the last month Eastside residents collected nearly 1,000 signatures on an Air Quality petition with recommendations for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). EGLE will be considering Fiat Chrysler’s Environmental Community Benefits Plan for their new assembly line and paint plant.
The People’s Air Quality Petition recommends:
✅ $12.5 M into the public health fund
✅ air monitors @ schools, senior bldgs, Head Starts
✅ air filtration @ schools, senior bldgs, Head Starts
✅ vegetative buffers designed with experts
✅ truck routing based on residents’ input
✅ regular community mtgs
Since Chrysler will receive up to $400 million dollars in public tax support, we believe this is the least of what they owe our community. Black residents should not be forced to choose between their health and possible jobs. Due to the fact that Fiat Chrysler is decreasing pollution in Warren so that they can increase it in our back yards. EGLE has required that Fiat Chrysler create this plan for additional monitoring and community benefits.
Fiat Chrysler has not been open or transparent with their environmental plan. They have been selective about who they talk with in the community and they have been disrespectful to those who express the legitimate need for additional protections.
Residents deserve to be protected by our government – We call on EGLE to require FCA produce an environmental community benefit plan that includes state of the art air quality filters and monitoring systems placed throughout the impact areas.
We are asking you to make a phone call to EGLE. Ask them to share Fiat Chrysler’s Environmental Benefits Plan with the community once they receive it and for EGLE to conduct a public hearing or public comment process on the FCA environmental benefit plan before EGLE approves the plan.
Call EGLE Director Liesl Eichler Clark
- Demand that EGLE release the FCA Environmental Plan to the community when it is submitted for approval and
- Demand a public hearing or comment process before approving the plan.
Liesl Eichler Clark
Detroit and all of Wayne County are currently out of federal compliance with sulfur dioxide and ozone standards. The Fiat Chrysler assembly line and paint plant will increase VOC emissions which contribute to respiratory and other health issues.
The immediate area surrounding the plant is 94% Black. FCA will be “offsetting” increased emissions in the “impact area” by reducing emissions from a plant in Warren, a predominantly white suburb. This is textbook environmental racism.
7.3% of annual deaths in Wayne County are due to criteria pollutants and air toxics. 11.3% of our children countywide have asthma, and the numbers are worse in our most polluted neighborhoods near heavy industry. The Zip Codes in the FCA impact have some of the highest Asthma hospitalization rates in the city.