Community Discusses Impact of North Lansing Coal Fire

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The smoldering coal pile has been removed by the company Conrad Yelvington Distributors. According to neighbors, the unbearable smell that came with it also disappeared.

However, area resident Laura Harms said her outdoor furniture is now covered with coal dust and the key for her is to prevent something similar from happening again.

"I don't really care to have spontaneously combustable materials right behind my house," Harms said.

Monday night, neighbors met with city officials, representatives from the Lansing Fire Department, Department of Environmental Quality and Conrad Yelvington. While some at the meeting are still concerned, others say they're not worried and applauded the company for their response.

"They came in with power washes, washed the houses, washed the decks down. I think they did what they should've done," said area resident Chris Hannahs.

For Mayor Virg Bernero, the issue stretches into should a facility like this be so close to a neighborhood.

"Its impact on the neighborhood, its impact on the water, on the ground. What is it doing there? How did it get there," said Mayor Bernero.

The company has a permit from DEQ to keep coal at the site, but the mayor says he's looking at the possibility of a new city ordinance to regulate not only this facility but also others like it.


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