Steel plant deal puts state up in pollution: “National Steel in Ecorse, which has since been acquired by U.S. Steel, reported 13 million more pounds of zinc compounds disposed of in landfills in the 2002 report — a huge volume that was not included the previous years.

‘The steel company told us they lost their market for recycling, so we had 13 million pounds of metal we didn’t have before,’ said Borgelt.

It it hadn’t been for that, Michigan’s releases would have been down 7.2 percent.

The report ranked Wayne County sixth-highest in the country for toxic releases. More than 63 million pounds of pollution came from Wayne, home to many industries and power-generating facilities. “

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