“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~ Frederick Douglass

Current Focus: Stellantis (fka FCA)

In March of 2019, Fiat Chrysler, the City of Detroit, and State of Michigan announced the constriction of the first new auto assembly line and paint plant in Detroit in over 30 years. While many residents welcome the emphasized promise of JOBS, many are also concerned about the environmental impacts of the plant in our neighborhoods.

Solidarity with Beniteau WHEJAC Public Comment

November 18, 2021 White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public MeetingPublic Comment This written comment is submitted in addition to my spoken comment made during the WHEJAC public meeting on November 17-18, 2021. Details around this issue are changing rapidly so this comment reflects what I am aware of as of November 18, 2021.   I would like to thank the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council for this opportunity. I would also like to recognize the […]

Michigan Environmental Justice Confrence Day One

I’m attending the 3 day Michigan Environmental Justice Conference hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. I’ve been posting some of my responses and observations here. There has been a great deal of emphasis on a new data tool from EGLE called the MI EJ Screen. This is a state-based version of the EPAs EJ Screen that provides data on polution, populations and public health. This afternoon I attended a presentation on this technology. […]

EGLE Air Quality Public Hearing March 16th

Please note that the public hearing period for this permit has been extended to Friday March 26, 2021 FCA/Stellantis – Chrysler is making changes to the proposed installation of a new paint line and changes to existing equipment at their Jefferson North Assembly Plant.and we want FCA to reduce facility emissions more with improved air pollution control technology and by using new rather than refurbished equipment Residents who will be most impacted by this poor […]

FCA Home Repair, Phase 2 Announced

The FCA Home Repair Phase II program provides home repairs for 60 owner-occupied homes in the FCA Community Benefits Agreement Impact Zone. This program is funded by FCA and administered by Bridging Neighborhoods – City of Detroit. Read more at the city website https://detroitmi.gov/government/mayors-office/bridging-neighborhoods-program/programs/cba-home-repair/fca-home-repair-phase-ii

CBA Resource Guide

What is the community benefits approach? Major energy development and infrastructure projects provide significant opportunities, as well as challenges, for local communities. Although they often create new jobs and economic growth, they do not automatically result in sustained, local economic benefits. Increasingly, state and local governments and communities are looking for tools that help build sustained benefits to host communities. The DOE Office of Minority Business and Economic Development (MBED) supports the nation’s energy goals […]

Crains: Duggan: ‘We gotta clear’ more land for new factories

Read the full article: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/detroit-homecoming/duggan-we-gotta-clear-more-land-new-factories Speaking at the opening night of Detroit Homecoming, Duggan touted the city’s success in assembling more than 200 acres for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to get the automaker to invest $2.5 billion in two auto plants that will bring nearly 5,000 new jobs to the east side. The fast-tracked project has spurred interest from FCA suppliers to locate in Detroit. Dakkota Integrated Systems plans to build a 600,000-square-foot parts plant that will employ […]

Environmental ‘Public Health Fund’

September 16, 2019 The Fiat Chrysler expansion presents a new opportunity to consider community benefits that respond to Environmental Health issues around development projects that use public funds.  This is due to the environmental impacts of the project, the existing respiratory health crisis in the neighborhoods surrounding the plant and the “additional monitoring and community benefits” included in EGLE’s approval of FCAs “permits to install”. “The permittee shall work with the City of Detroit, through the […]

FCA Land Swaps Map

“Morouns, speculators look like winners in Detroit land swap to ensure FCA factory jobs” FROM: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2019/05/20/speculators-moroun-detroit-land-swap-fca-jobs/3664661002/ TOTAL Properties 881Hantz Woodlands 367Soave Enterprises 210Michael Kelly 15DTE Energy 28Crown Enterprises 261TOTAL Properties 881 https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1zh6Hi8tlpD7PuIUgdNPwjx9ilHWU4JW8&hl=en_US&ll=42.356444913493675%2C-83.03124552817383&z=13

Environmental Health Survey Summary of Findings

Eastside Resident Environmental Health Working Grouphttp://eastsideenvironmental.org Eastside Environmental Health Survey Summary of FindingsJuly 26, 2019  Based on community concerns about environmental health in our community, and in particular concerns about air pollution and health impacts of increased emissions from the expansion of the Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA), a community survey was conducted to gather information about community concerns and conditions regarding environmental health.  Surveys were completed using a combination of methods, including door to door canvassing, phone […]

Recommended Environmental Actions presented to FCA

These recommendations were presented to FCA at a meeting at their Auburn Hills Headquarters on August 2, 2019. This meeting was initiated by Senator Stephanie Chang. Representatives from Detroit People’s Platform and the Eastside Resident Environmental Health Working Group were uninvited to the meeting by FCA. Even though FCA uninvited our representatives, these recommendations and others were presented in the meeting by representatives from other groups that support them. Air quality monitoring at settings with […]

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