LANSING, Mich., Feb. 15, 2024 — After the recent discovery of a white, corrosive fluid near the railroad crossing located at the north end of the former McLouth steel site, state Rep. Jaime Churches (D-Wyandotte) issued the following statement:

“This discovery emphasizes the urgent need to hold corporate polluters accountable for the environmental hazards they create. Implementing effective laws that hold polluters financially responsible is critical to ensuring they address the consequences of their own actions, rather than burdening communities with the costs of cleanup and restoration. The presence of this harmful substance at the railroad crossing is not only a threat to the environment but also poses potential risks to public health and safety.”

As a member of the House Energy, Communications, and Technology Committee, Rep. Churches has been a strong advocate for policies that safeguard the environment and promote the well-being of communities, particularly in the Downriver area. She remains committed to advancing legislation that strengthens protections for our land and water, ensuring they remain healthy, safe and usable for generations to come.