Toxic Ohio train-derailment waste dumped in metro Detroit
A Wayne County man has filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern Corp. for exposing communities in the Detroit area to “potential significant harm” when it transported and disposed of hazardous waste from last month’s Ohio train derailment to Wayne County facilities.
According to the lawsuit, the company endangered the community by not properly monitoring the toxic waste before it was dumped at the Republican Industrial and Energy Solutions facility in Romulus and the U.S. Ecology Wayne Disposal landfill in Belleville.
“The toxic and hazardous chemical material can contaminate groundwater, soil, and air, causing serious health risks and environmental damage,” the lawsuit alleges. “Without adequate safeguards and monitoring, the risk of harm will persist unabated.”