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59K gallons of contaminated liquid removed from I-696 green ooze site in Madison Heights

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 13:31:55-05

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy released an update on Madison Heights drinking water test results.

The testing came after green ooze was seen at I-696 in Madison Heights, along with additional properties owned by Electro-Plating Services owner Gary Sayers.

Tests showed no detection of PFAS compounds and other contaminants at levels of concern, city officials said.

Contractors began removing contaminated liquid from pits at Sayers' Commonwealth Street property in Detroit. The liquid contains heavy metals, EGLE says, along with the PFAS compound PFOS. No hexavalent chromium was detected, EGLE says.

A total of 59,000 gallons of contaminated liquid were removed for proper treatment and disposal from sump pumps located near the Electro Plating site since they were installed in December.

A public informational meeting on the contamination will be held on Monday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Madison High School.