Preservation Detroit President Amy Elliott Bragg and I will be talking about old buildings in Detroit and why they matter, later today. If you can make it, we’d love to see you and answer your questions.
Walking in a Hamtramck alley yesterday, we crossed paths with a woman carrying crutches but not using them. She asked, “Making pictures?”
“Do you work for the historical society?”
As we were leaving the historic Jewish cemetery we visited today, he pointed out the water pump.
“Oh, you wash your hands when you leave,” I explained, “so death doesn’t follow you home.”
“Do you want to?”
“I’m pretty sure it’s broken. It didn’t work last time.”
So he got his water bottle out and we washed our hands there in the parking lot.
When I’m in a good mood and it’s a sunny day, my idea of what constitutes my neighborhood grows. My neighborhood is all the neighborhoods within a couple mile radius of my house. My neighborhood is the entire Northeast Side. My neighborhood is all of Detroit (and Hamtramck and Highland Park). My neighborhood stretches all the way to your neighborhood, and it’s full of fascinating little surprises.
A friend passed this info along. The EPA is holding a community working session to figure out how to redress the harm that Severstal Steel has done/will continue to do with pollution in Southwest and Dearborn.
Community Working Session
May 6th 4-6:30 PM
Delray Community Center, 420 Leigh Street Detroit MI
The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will be hosting a working session to solicit ideas for supplemental environmental projects (SEP) related to a possible settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations asserted against Severstal Dearborn’s steel manufacturing plant in the future.
A supplemental environmental project is an environmentally beneficial project that a defendant agrees to undertake to settle an enforcement action, but which it is not otherwise legally required to perform. The ultimate decision to participate in the SEP process and the project proposal will come from Severstal Dearborn. US EPA, MDEQ and DOJ will gather ideas to pass along to Severstal. These agencies will have to approve any project proposal prior to its inclusion in a settlement. All such projects must comply with the SEP policy*, including the requirement to have an adequate “nexus” to the violation. This means that there must be a specific connection between the proposed project and the violation.
In this case, EPA and MDEQ have issued violation notices to Severstal, alleging, among other things, that it has violated state and federal rules limiting particulate matter emissions from Severstal’s iron and steel-making operations.
We are looking for projects that relate to the violations and can be scaled to different project sizes. We will collect comments limited to five minutes in length and will collect any other ideas in writing after the meeting.
Kasey Barton, Associate Regional Counsel
US EPA Region 5
This morning I saw that the semi-functioning streetlight across from my house had been marked, and that MichCon equipment was hanging out at the end of the block. Honestly, I got a lil upset. I really, really hope the light will be replaced and not just removed. It doesn’t work about 60% of the time, but some light is still better than none, and the physical presence of a light pole signifies the possibility of having a working light again someday. When the cops come as slowly as they do in Detroit, you need light, even on a fairly safe block.
I used Google Pedometer to measure, and I think my block is long enough to qualify to have a light in the middle under Duggan’s newest Public Lighting plan (although I don’t have my notes on the plan in front of me). A sliver of the block is in Hamtramck, though, so I hope that doesn’t make us somehow not make the cut-off for keeping a light mid-block.
Either way, I just added “Get someone tall to put a new bulb in my porch light” to the weekend’s to-do list.