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Court orders demolition of buildings linked to green ooze in Madison Heights

Posted at 12:29 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 12:30:23-04

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — An Oakland County judge has ordered the demolition of several buildings linked to the green ooze contamination in Madison Heights.

The order issued by Juge Hala Jarbou ruled that the buildings at 945/959 E. 10 Mile and 901A, 901C and 901E E. 10 Mile are public nuisances and must be demolished.

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The cost demolition will also be assessed to Gary Sayers, who is currently in federal prison and owns the buildings that were Electro Plating Services.

The state shut the company down in 2016 for mismanagement of industrial waste.

If you have driven by lately, you may have noticed the container collecting waste on the interstate has been removed. With consistent warmer weather the waste can now be pumped from the expressway without freezing.

“We decontaminated it and shipped it off site yesterday but now the pump actually pumps up through a hose to the intercepter trench at the top of the hill,” said Tricia Edwards, On-Scene Coordinator for the EPA.

It is not clear how long work will continue, or what the total cost of clean-up will be. So far the EPA says the cost of clean-up since December has been approximately $1.5 million.

You can read the entire order below.

Court Order 05-07-20 by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd