The state is opening public comments on a permit extension for the Romulus waste site

Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy confirmed Thursday that state environmental regulators are reopening the public comment period for a license renewal application from the Industrial and Energy Service’s hazardous waste facility in Romulus.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Ann Arbor, announced the public comment period in a release Thursday. Dingell and Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, and Sri Thanedar, D-Detroit, wrote a letter to EGLE on March 17 urging the State Department to expand opportunities for people to learn about the facility’s operations.

“It’s the right thing to do to be transparent, to listen to community concerns and to ensure that the voices of residents who are directly affected by the storage of hazardous waste in their neighborhoods are heard,” Dingell said in a statement. “Transporting and storing toxic materials requires constant vigilance, and communities deserve full notice and an opportunity to voice their concerns before a final decision is made.”

EGLE spokesman Hugh McDiarmid said guidelines for participating in the extensive public comment period will be published next week.

The Republican facility on Citrin Drive in Romulus came under scrutiny after local politicians learned it was one of two facilities in Michigan to receive hazardous waste from the Norfolk Southern train tracks in East Palestine, Ohio.

This facility is licensed to store and process hazardous waste above ground. Waste water is brought in by wagons, tankers and containers; EGLE documents show that it contains toxic and toxic pollutants, including heavy metals.

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