State Rep. Jamie Thompson, of Brownstown, today issued the following statement after confirming with the state’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) that a deep injection well site in Romulus has had its operations permit renewed. Outrage erupted across Downriver communities earlier this year when hazardous material from a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio was transported to Michigan and disposed of at the site without notification to local officials or citizens. Thompson represents several communities in Monroe and Wayne counties who have been vocal in their opposition of that transfer and the site’s continued existence:
“After the situation in East Palestine, families in our area were clear – the communities we call home should not be a dumping ground for toxic waste from other states.
“I’m deeply disappointed in EGLE’s tone-deaf decision to extend this permit. While Gov. Whitmer’s administration continues to use our region to put hazardous materials in the ground, the facts on the ground do not support this move. There have been significant transparency and safety issues involving this site and public opposition has not been respected.
“If the administration had been confident that bringing material from a toxic spill site near populated areas was going to be popular here, they would have had the decency to tell people it was happening. They didn’t, because it wasn’t. That makes this permitting decision very disheartening. It means the very real fears of families I talk with across our region were discarded – fears they have had for years.
“I will continue supporting our families and their needs in Monroe and Wayne counties.”
State Rep. Jamie Thompson, of Brownstown, today called on the Michigan House to hold hearings on several alleged instances of mistreatment and neglect at state-run youth psychiatric care and juvenile detention facilities to deliver needed accountability for families. Thompson and other legislators were joined for a press conference by Jami Vaughn, whose 10-year-old son was […]
An approved House resolution introduced by state Rep. Jamie Thompson shines a needed light on a trend that is impacting the well-being of Michigan’s kids. Thompson’s HR 180 declares February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Michigan. The measure addresses the alarming prevalence of teen dating violence and shows elected leaders in Michigan […]
State Rep. Jamie Thompson today introduced a plan that will provide parents with needed transparency about the conditions of school facilities in Michigan while working to prevent tragedies. Thompson’s House Bills 5530-31 establish a death and injury registry that tracks incidents at school facilities and what caused them – allowing parents to see a facility’s […]
State Rep. Jamie Thompson, of Brownstown, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address: “While we’re all rooting for the Lions, I was incredibly disappointed to hear more about football in this speech than plans to address mental health – disorders that impact one out of every seven children […]