Clipped From Detroit Free Press
Did state agency lobby to bend rules on pollutants at steel mill? E-mails E-mails E-mails show Dearborn plant's bid to avoid current air quality regulations By Keith Matheny Free Press Staff Writer The Michigan Economic Development Corp., Gov. Rick Snyder's business-promoting business-promoting business-promoting agency, worked for months behind the scenes with one of the state's most flagrantly polluting businesses as the company lobbied the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to release even higher levels of pollutants and avoid current air quality regulations, DEQ e-mails e-mails e-mails obtained by the Free Press show. The Severstal Dearborn Dearborn steel plant, one of Michigan's worst air polluters, polluters, wants to "correct" "correct" its 2006 state emissions emissions permit to allow the release of harmful pollutants pollutants at levels up to 725 times higher than the permit initially allowed. Plant officials also want their request considered considered only under 2006 environmental regulations, regulations, meaning they would avoid current state and federal rules that would require greater protection protection of the surrounding neighborhood's air quality and cost the company millions. But MEDC's assistance with the process has some residents and environmentalists raising questions. See STEEL, Page15A wmmu IN PLANT'S SHADOW Watch a video of teenagers running track in the state's most polluted ZIP code.