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  • Federal Judge Names DTE a Defendant in SW Detroit Pollution Case Residents impacted by EES Coke's illegal emissions celebrate the ruling

    Timna Axel, Earthjustice|May 23, 2024

    DETROIT, MI – In a major win for overburdened communities of color in southwest Detroit, a judge has granted the EPA's request to add multibillion-dollar energy company DTE Energy as a defendant in a federal lawsuit brought against the company's subsidiary, EES Coke. The lawsuit alleges that EES Coke's coke oven facility on Zug Island in River Rouge unlawfully releases thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide, an air pollutant known to cause respiratory problems, heart attacks, and premature d...

  • Locals and Environmental Group Win a Seat in EES Coke Lawsuit

    Timna Axel, Earthjustice|Nov 24, 2022

    DETROIT, MI - A district court ruled today to allow an environmental group and community members to intervene in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal lawsuit against EES Coke. The lawsuit alleges that the company's Zug Island coke oven facility unlawfully releases thousands of tons of harmful air pollutants into predominantly low-income communities of color in Southwest Detroit, Ecorse, and River Rouge. By intervening, community members who've been directly impacted by the...