On Friday, March 29, 2019 Hamtramck and Detroit community organizations joined hands with state, county and local officials to march in protest of the proposed expansion of Idaho-based U.S. Ecology, Inc. along the Hamtramck/Detroit border. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)
   

 
 

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  Detroit-Hamtramck community march in protest of the proposed expansion of the US Ecology Georgia St. plant

By Aaron Best
Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT - On Friday, March 29, 2019 Hamtramck and Detroit community organizations joined hands with state, county and local officials to march in protest of the proposed expansion of Idaho-based U.S. Ecology, Inc. along the Hamtramck/Detroit border. The protest march began at the Masjid Mu'ath Bin Jabil Mosque located at the corner of Miller St and Dorothy St. and ended about a half mile in front of the company's waste processing plant on Georgia Street.

The company is already engaged in waste dumping, storage, and toxic chemicals processing at three different sites across Wayne county, involving deadly carcinogenic and radioactive waste. Now they wish to expand their property footprint adjacent to a residential area along the Hamtramck/Detroit border.

According to community activist Abraham Aiyash, some of the most toxic chemicals used in industry are treated and temporarily held at the US Ecology plant on that site, and plans to expand it tenfold have raised the fears of neighbors and environmentalists.

The Coalition to Oppose the Expansion of US Ecology said on a public statement, "There are hundreds of statements from Detroit and Hamtramck mothers and grandmothers concerned about protecting the health of the children and the elderly who have lived in the area for decades, to a wounded veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom demanding to know why no health impact study has been done, to many others asking why this factory was built in the neighborhood to begin with and demanding it be shut down altogether."

The Detroit facility has operated for over 40 years and is in the process of renewing its permit, which occurs every 10 years and enables modifications to be made in support of possible customer needs. A spokesman for US Ecology in Michigan said the changes would "allow us to better serve our customers, including retailers, local manufacturers and industry".





 

 

 

   
 

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