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Federal environmental regulators probe civil rights complaint over Graphic Packaging air permit in Kalamazoo, MI

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Federal environmental regulators probe civil rights complaint over Graphic Packaging air permit in Kalamazoo, MI

November 30, 2021 - 16:50
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DETROIT, Nov. 30, 2021 (Local News) -Federal environmental regulators are investigating a civil rights complaint against the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy regarding its oversight of a Kalamazoo paper packaging plant and officials' treatment of a local activist. 

Brandi Crawford-Johnson filed the complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection AgencySept. 1. She alleged state environmental regulators discriminated against predominately African American neighborhoods surrounding the plant by approving an air permit for Graphic Packaging International last year.

The permit allowed Graphic Packaging International to expand "despite several reported violations of non-compliance" with federal air quality standards, the EPA's response to her complaint states.

Detroit News - Feds probe civil rights complaint against EGLE over Kalamazoo plant

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