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Congresspersons from Michigan set to hold forum on waste disposal in the state

Peter Smith/Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

The forum comes after Michigan lawmakers raised concerns about toxic waste transported from a recent train derailment in East Palestine Ohio

Michigan officials said they felt blindsided by news in February that the Norfolk Southern railroad had contracted to dispose of contaminated material from East Palestine at an injection well site in Romulus.

The US Environmental Protection Agency briefly paused the shipments.

But Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, for one, has long had concerns about the Romulus disposal site.

Now Dingell is scheduled to join US Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Shri Thanedar for a public question-and-answer session about toxic waste sites in Michigan.

The Thursday forum also includes top officials from the EPA, the state’s environmental agency, as well as representatives from the railroad and the owners of the injection well.

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