In 1986 Detroit built the world's largest incinerator and residents have been suffering since. It burns 800,000 tons of trash per year, emitting air pollutants like mercury, lead, and different dioxins.     Now run by the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery  , read here for review of practices:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/greater-detroit-resource-recovery-detroit
  Hazardous air pollutants cause cancer and asthma. Asthma hospitalization rates in Detroit are   3 to 4   times the average rate   in  the    state of Michigan. Both smog and soot aggravate asthma.
 I n 2005, the Detroit Incinerator was the   fifth   largest stationary source of   nitrogen oxides,   a critical component of smog (ground-level ozone). Wayne County is currently in violation of USEPA health standards for smog and soot (particulate matter).
 The incinerator sheds 50,000 pounds of lead, cadmium, mercury, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, and other dioxides into the surrounding neighborhood each year.
  During the last several years, private haulers were charged as little as $13 per ton   of waste  , while Detroit residents have been charged $150 per ton or more. Since the City needs the trash to keep   the incinerator   burning, its continued use is a disincentive to recycling.
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