Monday, September 21, 2015

Comment period extended for planned toxic waste plant expansion

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:18 PM



We reported before that US Ecology, a hazardous waste facility on Detroit’s east side, wanted to enlarge its operation. We noted that “the company, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is seeking to build new tanks and storage buildings at the Detroit plant.”



What we didn’t know at the time was that the facility, located on Georgia Street off Mount Elliott, wanted to expand its operations tenfold.

We only learned that from a very good story in the Detroit Free Press, which reported that the facility’s new license would “allow it to increase hazardous waste storage there in tanks and containers from 64,000 gallons to nearly 666,000 gallons.”

As we noted before, the facility is a half-mile from the densest urban area in Michigan: Hamtramck. It’s also located less than a mile from several churches and mosques, about a quarter mile from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and less than 1,500 feet from Crockett High School. Also, the additional waste would stream into the plant via local roads and highways; an accident could end up being a costly hazmat situation.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had extended its public comment period until Sept. 12, but an outpouring of public comment has prompted the department to extend the comment period until Oct. 12. To submit a public comment, residents may contact Richard A. Conforti at confortir@michigan.gov or by phone at 517-284-6558. More information on US Ecology’s request can be found here.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 21, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation