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Public meeting to be held in Madison Heights on I-696 green ooze update

Posted at 5:51 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 17:46:39-05

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — A public meeting in Madison Heights is scheduled Monday night to provide information and updates on the clean-up at the Electro Plating Services site.

The site has been the focus of intense scrutiny and emergency response since neon liquid was noticed leaking onto I-696 on Dec. 20.

Gary Sayers, the owner of Electro Plating Services, is behind bars for repeated environmental violations. While in jail, he granted the EPA possession of the property to do what is necessary for testing and cleaning.

So far, the EPA has collected 48,508 gallons of contaminated liquid from storm drains, the on-site monitoring well and the basement of the former plating facility.

Last week, the EPA installed a bypass system to reroute unaffected stormwater around the area of contamination and dug an interceptor trench to capture additional contaminated ground water.

The public meeting will e held at 6 p.m. in the Madison High School auditorium.