DETROIT — Early in the morning of Feb. 3, a flare malfunction occurred at the Marathon Petroleum Refinery that released a pungent odor into the air that permeated much of Detroit. Numerous residents reported feeling dizzy or nauseous due to the incident, the cause of which remains under investigation. In response, state Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“Like many other families in our community, I was jolted awake this past weekend by the incident at the Marathon refinery. For too long, we have allowed industries to monitor themselves and the toxic chemicals they release, putting our families and environment at risk. This literal wake-up call highlights our need to be proactive in creating emergency plans to keep our residents safe and holding corporations accountable for their actions.”