Ontario lawsuit against the city of Detroit.
Lawsuits filed to stop incinsrator construction Th Associated Press DETROIT The government of Ontario and a U.S. coalition of environmentalists environmentalists and neighbors have filed separate lawsuits claiming that a garbage incinerator under construction construction here would be hazardous. The coalition's suit filed Wednesday Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court against the city and the Greater Detroit Detroit Resource Recovery Authority, seeks to stop construction of the incinerator, incinerator, designed to burn 2,000 ' tons of trash a day while producing electricity. . The Canadian suit, also filed . Wednesday, asks the court to order ; 'the city to install filters and scrub-; scrub-; scrub-; bers on the incinerator, which the province fears will spew pollutants over neighboring Windsor, Ontario, " said Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley. ; Both lawsuits claim the incinerator incinerator lacks controls to reduce emissions emissions of particulate matter, heavy metals, acid gases and other air pollutants. pollutants. ' The coalition is composed of the North Cass Community Union, residents residents who live near the planned incinerator; incinerator; and environmental groups, the Detroit Audubon Society, Society, the. Sierra Club chapter of southeast Michigan and the Environmental Environmental Defense Fund. "The city has steadfastly refused to address the threat to public health and the environment posed by this facility," said Dennis Piper, chairman chairman of the Sierra Club chapter. He said the city has failed to consider consider other means of waste management. management. - . Detroit Mayor Coleman Young has said the city can't afford the pollution pollution controls. Construction of the incinerator began about a year ago and is scheduled scheduled for completion in 1989: " "The facility is to be located only five kilometers from the internation-al internation-al internation-al border, and the forecasted area of potential impact will extend well . into Ontario," Bradley said. , Ontario's decision to take legal ac- ac- tion came after the protection agency agency in September withdrew its legal effort to impose state-of-the-art state-of-the-art state-of-the-art state-of-the-art state-of-the-art state-of-the-art state-of-the-art technology to combat sulphur diox- diox- - ide emissions one of the major sources of acid rain. Bradley noted pollution controls are required on all new Ontario in- in- cinerators, including two in London, that produce energy from burning garbage. "All we're asking is that the city of . Detroit employ the same technology as we're using in the city of London," London," Bradley said. . He said Ontario is willing to spend - whatever it takes to pursue the matter. matter. ' : .