- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Many people attending a hearing have expressed opposition to a proposal allowing the Marathon refinery in southwestern Detroit to increase emissions of at least eight air pollutants.

At least 150 residents attended the Wednesday meeting in River Rouge days after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced the proposal. The agency plans to consider public comments before taking final actions on Marathon’s applications.

Company officials say the change is needed to meet federal air pollution standards. The state says its analysis finds emissions increases fall within allowable regulations.

Some residents say the findings ignore health problems, such as widespread asthma.

Emma Lockridge says the “numbers mean nothing to us” as she deals with strong odors. Johnny Haynes invited officials to visit for a couple weeks “to see what’s going on.”

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