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Protestors affiliated with the Coalition to Oppose Expansion of US Ecology protest outside the company's Georgia Street facility.
Activists opposed to the tenfold expansion of a hazardous waste facility in Detroit are urging people to join them in speaking out at a hearing on the plan tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.
The plan to expand the facility owned by U.S. Ecology, based in Boise, Idaho, has been the subject of our coverage before
. A few months ago, we featured Rufus McWilliams
, an activist whose worries include not just the proposed expansion, but several other industrial neighbors that jangle his nerves.
As we've noted before, the waste facility would be within a mile and a half of a public playground, Dickinson East Elementary School, the Oakland International Academy charter school, churches, mosques and many residents. The facility would be less than a half-mile from Hamtramck, Michigan's most densely populated city.
Now organizers want those opposed to the expansion to show up at a Wayne County hearing, where people will have two minutes of time to offer their thoughts on the proposed expansion.
It all happens starting at 1:30 p.m. at Tuesday, June 6, at the Committee Room on the seventh floor of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold St., Detroit.