Several weeks ago community leaders held a protest outside of the US Ecology waste plant, located about a mile east of Hamtramck.
Those participating included Hamtramck Public Schools Superintendent Tom Niczay, elected officials, clergy and community activists.
The ironically named US Ecology, which has nothing to do with safeguarding the environment, plans to accept radioactive waste from fracking.
Those protesting this move say allowing radioactive waste so close to schools and neighborhoods poses a serious health risk.
At the time, last December, there were two pending bills in the Michigan legislature that would impose a $5 per ton fee on the radioactive waste and allow an increase of radioactive waste to be dumped in landfills.
The bills passed the legislature in a lame duck session and former Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law just days before his term ended.
This is the same governor whose administration was responsible for the Flint water contamination crisis.
Thanks for nothing, Snyder.
It is unclear if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can undo this.
There is no reason for why we have to have this type of waste. Fracking is part of the old-school way of thinking on how to meet our energy needs.
Fracking has also led to the poisoning of ground water in various communities to the point where the water is unusable.
There is much evidence to support a massive investment in green technologies – technologies that do not produce poison waste. Yet, this country refuses to invest in this while European countries are leading the way.
It is unfortunate, to say the least, we now have to live with the possible consequences of the past state legislature. If anything, it shows that elections do have consequences.