NewsI-696 contamination crisis


EPA testing site in Hazel Park across from 'green ooze' building

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 18:25:35-05

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting tests in Hazel Park, across the street from the building in Madison Heights that is responsible for the "green ooze" contamination.


The building on 10 Mile is owned by Gary Sayers and was the former home to Electro Plating Services. The EPA and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy are investigating the building

Testing done on Tuesday is to find out if any hazardous materials made its way from the building and into the southern cities.

In June 2017, the EPA undertook a $2 million hazardous waste cleanup at the site with a goal of removing all direct contact threats.

The ooze has been identified has hexavalent chromium, and 2017 photos from the EPA showed inside of the building.

Earlier this month, Sayers reported to federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of illegally storing hazardous materials at the building.

The state is also testing chemicals at a building on Commonwealth in Detroit that is also owned by Sayers.