Groups urge protection from ‘environmental racism’ in hazardous waste placement

Read the full story in the Detroit News.

Environmental groups are calling on state regulators to adopt policies to put an end to Michigan’s “long history of discrimination” over the placement of hazardous waste sites in poor communities of color.

The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, in partnership with a Detroit law firm, has filed a civil rights complaint with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, on behalf of activist groups and residents in Detroit and Hamtramck, urging the department to “protect us from environmental racism,” said Michelle Martinez, director of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.

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