The state of Michigan is taking action.
Jeep's parent company, Stellantis, is being hit with additional fines by the state of Michigan. The Detroit News reports Stellantis is being fined an undisclosed sum by the state due to air-quality violations at two factories in the Detroit area.
These are separate from the Mack Assembly Plant, home of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L, that's also currently under investigation over a suspicious odor coming from its paint shop. This smell continues to affect local residents who have long-term health concerns. The automaker is now under increased pressure to provide answers about the odor's cause before a previously imposed January 9, 2022 deadline.
The latest air quality issues involve three violations found at the new Jeep assembly plant in Detroit and another one at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. The Environmental Protection Agency is assisting the state with its investigation.
"Escalating enforcement in a case where pollution control equipment was not installed properly, causing odors and health concerns from the community, is vital," said an Air Quality Division field operations supervisor. "The requirements in an air permit are necessary to protect the community. If the permit is not followed, companies must be held accountable."
Stellantis confirmed it is working "urgently" to fix things and will "take full responsibility" to ensure sufficient solutions are found and implemented.
Chances are this won't be the last time Stellantis faces pollution-related scrutiny. Local residents whose neighborhoods border the newly expanded Jeep facility in Detroit have voiced concerns over emissions in recent months. They've been supported by activists and a few politicians. To its full credit, Stellantis is taking the stinky factory and air-quality violations seriously. It's installing expensive upgrades to the Mack plant that should be completed in the near future.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) continue to closely monitor the situation. The EPA recently brought in its mobile lab for air monitoring purposes.