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Live: Trial continues for Gary Sayers in I-696 green ooze contamination in Madison Heights

Posted at 4:57 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 08:35:03-05

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — The court case against Gary Sayers, the owner of a hazardous building in Madison Heights, is underway.

Sayers is being held responsible by the city of Madison Heights for the green chemical that seeped onto I-696.

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It will be a bench trial, meaning there will be no jury - it will be up to a judge to decide the fate of the trial.

Last week, Sayers' lawyers asked the judge for an adjournment of the case due to the fact that Sayers is currently in federal prison for storing hazardous waste. Attorneys said his absence would "unfairly prejudice" his opportunity to defend himself.

However, the judge denied the motion.

Madison Heights is suing Sayers in order to have him demolish the old Electro-Plating Services site, now polluted with hazardous material, which spilled onto I-696. The city also wants the right to demolish the building if Sayers does not comply with a court order.

A representative with the Environmental Protection Agency is expected in the courtroom to describe observations made at the old Electro-Plating Services site.

A hearing in Lansing will be held Wednesday to discuss contamination concerns.

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