For four decades, residents off Mt. Elliott Street near I-94 in Detroit have lived -- somewhat uneasily -- next to a hazardous waste processing facility, through which tons of the most toxic chemicals from industry are treated and temporarily stored.
But plans by the state to allow the facility to increase its storage capabilities tenfold, they say, is where they draw the line. And they've only got until Saturday to have their voices heard.
The US Ecology plant at 6520 Georgia St., near the Hamtramck-Detroit border on the east side, is within a mile-and-a-half of a public playground, Dickinson East Elementary School, Oakland International Academy charter school, several churches and scores of residential homes.