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EPA releases list of worst polluters in the US and Michigan

November 28, 2011

Last week the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) reported on the EPA’s “secret watch list of companies that are major polluters in the United States.

CPI stated, “the EPA has posted the September and October watch list on its website.” They go on to write:

“The agency also has begun to publish watch lists that include serious or chronic violators of the Clean Water Act, governing the release of pollutants in waterways, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, involving hazardous waste disposal.

The EPA cited iWatch News’ request for the Clean Air Act watch list, later published for the first time as part of a series on air pollution afflicting hundreds of communities, and said the agency would publish the lists as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency. However, important details on why each polluter is on the list will continue to be kept confidential, the agency said.”

It seems that transparency for the Environmental Protection Agency is not a high priority. Why are they not providing details to communities about the pollution and the polluters all across the country that could have harsh effects on people?

We looked at the watch lists, which are posted on the EPA site and provides the names of companies and facilities in violation of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Hazardous Waste (RCRA) for September and October of 2011. Here is a listing of companies in Michigan on those lists.

MI companies/facilities in violation of the Clean Air Act – Sept & Oct. 2011

Alchem Aluminum Inc., Coldwater, MI

Alchem Aluminum Inc, Saginaw, MI

Dow Corning, Midland, MI

EES Coke, Ecorse, MI

Hyundai America Technical Center, Superior Twp, MI

Lacks Industries Inc., Kentwood, MI

Marquette County Solid Waste Management, Marquette, MI

Marysville Ethanol, Marysville, MI

Montgomery Aggregate Products, Sault St. Marie, MI

Morton Salt, Manistee, MI

Severstal Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

White Pine Electric Power, White Pine, MI

EQ Belleville, Belleville, MI

Escanaba Power Plant, Escanaba, MI

Heavy Metal Scrap, Battle Creek, MI

Holcim Inc., Dundee, MI

R J Torching Inc, Flint, MI

Wyandotte Municipal Power Plant, Wyandotte, MI


MI companies/facilities in violation of the Clean Water Act – Sept & Oct. 2011

Alma WWTP, Alma, MI

Buena Vista Twp WWTP, Saginaw, MI

Detroit WWTP, Detroit, MI

Grosse ISL Twp WWTP, Grosse ISL, MI

Marquette WWTP, Marquette, MI

PCA – Filer City Nill, Filer City, MI

Three Rivers WWTP, Three Rivers, MI

South Lyon WWTP, South Lyon, MI

Warren WWTP, Warren, MI


MI companies/facilities in violation of the Hazardous Waste (RCRA) – Sept & Oct. 2011

Certified Metal Finishing Inc, Benton Harbor, MI

Electro Plating Service Inc, Deroit, MI

Electro Plating Service Inc, Madison Heights, MI

EQ Resource Recovery Inc. Romulus, MI

KC Jones Plating Adhesive & Sealant, Warren, MI

Metal and Welding Industries Inc, Detroit, MI

Michner Plating Inc, Jackson, MI

Regal Recycling Inc, Howell, MI

VEMCO Inc, Grand Blanc, MI

VEMCO Inc, Grand Rapids, MI

SP Kish Industries, Charlotte, MI

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2012 6:54 pm

    Every industry have to follow all rules and regulation. If any industrial company not follow the rule and ignore pollution control act then they have to be punished. This is very serious issue.


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