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The City Council last night (December 5, 2017) voted unanimously to oppose proposed modifications to the existing permits of Environmental Geo-Technologies' deep-injection well in neighboring Romulus.
The firm is attempting to modify its existing permits, which seeks to expand the pressure used to inject hazardous waste through pumps on Citrin Drive into two wells, which force the waste deep into the earth's core. The company has been in operation since 2013 after what was a very controversial approval of the original permits, which forced them to change original locations and delayed operations for years.
Critics were highly outspoken at a recent public forum in Romulus, attended by Mayor Rick Sollars, City Council Chairman Alex Garza, Wayne County Commissioner Ray Basham and State Rep. Erika Geiss, among others.Those who spoke out against the expansion of the process claim spills, fractures, contamination and even earthquakes are among their concerns. Experts from the EPA fielded questions, but said they came to listen.
There was no timeline on when a decision will be made.
The City's resolution states that it opposes the modifications. Copies have been sent to the Gov. Rick Snyder, State Sen. Hoon Yung Hopgood, Geiss, Basham, the Michigan Municipal League, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and MDEQ.
See the actual resolution here
According to its website, EGT is in business to support companies that generate aqueous waste. According to the company, deep-well injection is a cost effective and environmentally sound method of disposal. Liquid wastes received from clients are first stored in above-ground tanks. After analysis, chemical treatment and filtering, the wastes are transferred through the facility’s piping system to one of two fully permitted Class 1 injection wells. Advanced computer systems with built-in redundancies continuously monitor and control the wells, verifying that they are operating within established safety protocols and permit requirements. In addition to these automatic safeguards, our experienced staff routinely makes visual inspections of the equipment, and annual testing is performed to confirm the mechanical integrity of each well.
However, from its very beginning, many have questioned the science of hazardous deep-injection operations, with concerns about safety both above and below ground.