City of Romulus Urges State to Host Public Hearing on Deep Injection Well License Transfer

City of Romulus Urges State to Host Public Hearing on Deep Injection Well License Transfer

ROMULUS, Mich. — Sept. 23, 2019 — Today, Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff told City Council members that he and the city’s executive team met this morning with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE). During the meeting with EGLE, the city of Romulus voiced multiple safety concerns and requested a public hearing prior to EGLE approving the transfer of the license for the deep injection well on Citrin Drive to Republic Services. In the hours since the meeting, the request for transfer was approved by EGLE. Though the license transfer is considered a minor modification to the permit and does not require public input, the city is continuing to urge ELGE to host a public hearing prior to the onset of operations of the facility. The city of Romulus was notified last week of Republic’s submission of the application.

“We believe the residents of Romulus have a right to be heard before operations begin under new ownership at the deep injection well on Citrin Drive,” Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. “As a city, we must come together in urging that the state listen to our many concerns. We, the city administration and city council, as well as members of the public, must speak in one united voice.”

The facility has largely been inactive since the original license was granted in the early 2000s and transferred to Environmental Geo-Technologies in 2011. In the meeting with the state on Monday morning, and in corresponding interactions, the city asked the state to allow the public the opportunity to provide input.

Following today’s meeting, EGLE has given the city of Romulus two weeks to provide a list of concerns regarding the facility. In the meantime, the city has notified the Governor’s office of its desire for a public hearing on the issue.

Members of the public are invited to share their concerns and encourage the state to have a public information forum prior to allowing operations at the well by contacting Mark Snow, Environment Manager at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, And Energy by phone at 517-230-8233, by email at snowm@michigan.gov, and by direct mail at Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan Street, PO Box 30256, Lansing, MI 48909-7756.