[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

E-M:/ Bonior letter to FAA on Romulus well

Enviro-Mich message from Brad van Guilder <bradvg@ecocenter.org>

The following is the text of Congressman David Boinir's letter to the FAA.

Administrator Jane Garvey
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20591

Dear Administrator Garvey:

	Thank you for your leadership during this period of national 
crisis.  It is a very difficult time for everyone.  Our prayers go 
out to the victims and the to the families of those killed or injured 
in the horrific events of September 11th, 2001.

	the terrorist attacks of September 11th have prompted a 
national conversation about the safety of our airports.  All 
Americans want to take steps to ensure our families, communities and 
airports are safe.  In that vein, I encourage the FAA to ban all new 
commercial hazardous waste facilities within a reasonable radius from 
all major U.S. airports.  Placing hazardous waste facilities near our 
major airports is an unnecessary and unacceptable risk -- especially 
when there are safe disposal alternatives.

	In the Detroit metro area, for example, the State of Michigan 
has recently granted a permit to Environmental Disposal Systems, Inc. 
(EDS) to dispose of hazardous waste in a deep injection will in 
Romulus.  The proposed location for this well is within 1/2 mile of 
Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  It is also directly in the flight path 
of the same runway from which Northwest Flight 255 tragically 
departed in 1987.  In fact, Flight 255 crashed within 1/4 mile of the 
proposed injection well.

	Up to 400,000 gallons of hazardous waste per day can be 
injected into the proposed EDS well.  Semi tankers and rail cars will 
routinely be lined up above the surface to dump some of the most 
toxic chemicals known to humankind.  In a matter of seconds, a plane 
taking off from Detroit Metro could impact this hazardous waste with 
catastrophic and irreparable consequences.

	The EDS case deserves quick and serious attention.  As the 
agency charged with ensuring the safety of our airports, the FAA can 
and should intervene to protect the safety of our families and our 
communities.  That is why I am calling on the FAA to ban all new 
commercial hazardous waste facilities within reasonable distances 
from US. airports.

	I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your 


David E. Bonior
Member of Congress
Brad van Guilder, Ph. D.
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1580
(734) 663-2400 ext. 114
(734) 663-2414 (fax)

member UAW local 174

ENVIRO-MICH:  Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action.   Archives at

Postings to:  enviro-mich@great-lakes.net      For info, send email to
majordomo@great-lakes.net  with a one-line message body of  "info enviro-mich"