Residents of the beautiful, historic Marshall farming community fight for their neighborhoods, their land and water, and for the peace and security of their nation.
Geological experts have confirmed that Marshall, Michigan enjoys some of the most fertile farmland in the nation–with extremely high permeability. Yet the corrupt officials from Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA) and the City of Marshall have decided that the three miles north of the Kalamazoo River, just west of the quaint historic village of Marshall, is an ideal location for an EV battery manufacturing megasite.
The site has already destroyed historic farmsteads, 100+ year old trees, and habitat for federally protected species–and more destruction is rapidly underway.
While the Marshall Megasite has been sold to the public as a Ford plant, "Ford Blue Oval" is in fact a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned company Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. LTD (CATL). The company's ties to the Chinese Communist Party, and the tax loopholes demonstrated by the company's contract have drawn deep concern from residents and legislators alike.
“This arrangement appears to leverage a loophole in the IRA rules regarding battery components manufactured or assembled by a “foreign entity of concern.” I am alarmed about how Ford has structured this project in the context of the IRA’s clean vehicle credits and am concerned that other automakers may seek to use loopholes in the IRA to avoid guardrails meant to protect American enterprise and workers. Therefore, I write today to seek information about your company’s investments and planned investments connected to the IRA’s clean vehicle credits to better understand how those credits are being used and whether they are working as the Biden Administration and congressional Democrats claimed they would.”
- U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, April 2023
With no public input, and behind the cover of endless NDAs, MAEDA has been securing land within the megasite for the purpose of heavy industrial EV development since 2019. But residents of Marshall didn't find out what MAEDA had planned for the site until January of 2023.
The officials of MAEDA, Marshall Township, and the City of Marshall have demonstrated one betrayal of public trust after the other, stoically ignoring the pleas of their residents and allies to apply common sense and due diligence.
Even as Marshall residents succeed in their battle against city rezoning with huge turnouts for referendum signatures, lobbyists for the Ford Blue Oval Marshall Megasite slander resident activists with blanket mailings and radio propaganda.
100+ year old farmhouses and barns bulldozed; ancient trees hewn down; federally protected bat habitats destroyed; the best agricultural land in the state pushed around by heavy equipment to demoralize local residents.
No. There is an environmental site assessment–but don't let MAEDA fool you; this assessment is not at all the same as an environmental impact study. The assessment does a thorough job of inventorying the land as it existed before development–but it contains no information whatsoever on how CATL's future use will impact the environment.
No material specifications, no pollutant discharge elimination system specifications, no wastewater management plans, no environmental health & safety plans–nothing.
Despite the fact that Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD) had placed several nesting boxes for endangered bats within the CATL megasite, and despite the fact that MAEDA's retained environmental consultant Burns and McDonnell found several federally and state protected species within 1.5 miles of the site, in winter of 2022 MAEDA cut down the 100+ year old trees and habitats where bats had been nesting. EGLE had not yet performed their site inspection for bats.
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