The dust and stench of rotten eggs and chemicals are so nauseating that Pamela McWilliams often dons a mask and shuts the windows of her home on Detroit’s east side.

The asthmatic 57-year-old has trouble sleeping at night because of heavy truck traffic coming to and from nearby industrial plants. She and other neighbors say they’re sometimes aroused awake by explosions and vibrations that have shaken the shingles off McWilliams’ roof and cracked her windows. The value of her home has plummeted, and her brother moved away because “he couldn’t take it anymore,” she tells Metro Times.

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