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Fugitive Dust Found to be Associated with Scrap Metal Processing

Published on December 14, 2023

Ecology Center Environmental Health Advocate Melissa Cooper Sargent and Research Director Jeff Gearhart worked with our Detroit partners and U-M School of Public Health to complete a study of the impacts of a scrap metal processor in southwest Detroit. These types of facilities, which generate fugitive dust (and the truck traffic associated with them), significantly impact the quality of life and health of nearby neighborhoods.

The study found iron in road dust and sediment samples at levels above national public health guidelines near the Fort Iron and Metal scrap yard, as well as other metals and contaminants.  

Read the full study here.

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