Proposed Stellantis pollution settlement includes tree-planting, money for local school

Installation of additional pollution controls, planting more than 80 trees at a nearby park and improvements at a local high school are part of a proposed consent order between

Stellantis and the state over a series of odor and pollution violations at the company's Mack facility. The automaker would pay a $62,863 fine to the state if

the proposed consent order is approved. Stellantis' multibillion-dollar expansion in recent years included a new vehicle paint and coatings shop at its Mack

Avenue facility. But since last year, residents of the primarily Black neighborhood nearby have repeatedly reported noxious, sickening fumes — complaints confirmed by Air Quality

Division staff of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy upon inspection. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each

morning. Stellantis will offset fines with pollution controls and offsets In an October 2021 inspection of the Mack plant, EGLE staff determined

emissions from the paint shop were not being sent to pollution control devices as required in the company's air permits. Stellantis announced a fix to the problem late last year,

but odor complaints from neighbors have continued into 2022. Under the proposed consent order, Stellantis must prevent nuisance odors from leaving its plant and

install a second pollution control device known as a regenerative thermal oxidizer. The company also offset a large portion of potential state fines by agreeing to conduct

supplemental environmental projects including: