Detroit Evening Report: State of Michigan fines Stellantis for air pollution caused by Detroit Jeep plant

Listen to the latest episode of the Detroit Evening Report.

The State of Michigan has finalized a plan to have Stellantis address air quality on Detroit’s east side.

Listen and Subscribe to the Detroit Evening Report

NPR | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

The automaker’s Mack Avenue plant has received official notice of several air quality violations since 2021. Neighborhood residents have complained about odors coming from the facility, where it assembles Jeep Grand Cherokees.

As Michigan Radio reports, the cause of the odors came from the paint department, which sent fumes directly outside instead of filtering it through a “regenerative thermal oxidizer.”

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (DEGLE) will require Stellantis to spend $283,832 on environmental projects, air quality remediation efforts and fines to the state.

Other headlines for Dec. 6, 2022:

  • Michigan will see minimum wage increase in 2023
  • Federal regulators investigating complaints about Jeep models shutting down while driven
  • Prosecutors seek life sentence in Whitmer kidnapping plot
  • Dearborn school district to spend nearly $100 million in building improvements

Trusted, accurate, up-to-date.

WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to everyone. As a public media institution, we maintain our journalistic integrity through independent support from readers like you. If you value WDET as your source of news, music and conversation, please make a gift today.

Donate today »


  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.