“Unfortunately, the existence of potentially hazardous chemicals is not unique here in Wayne County and as recently discovered in Oakland County. I fear if we don’t take swift action, it will only become more common. Corporations need to be held accountable for the safe storage, transfer and disposal of harmful chemicals.

“If the last few weeks and years have taught us anything – we must not wait to address environmental contamination. To protect the people of Michigan today and tomorrow, we must establish greater transparency on the storage of these chemicals and greater accountability to ensure they are cleaned up and disposed of the property. There is an over concentration of hazardous waste being stored, processed and disposed of in southeast Michigan.  We must explore ways to decrease the influx of these chemicals into our state. People deserve to be free from the fear of contaminated water, air and soil.”