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Residents sound off on toxic scare along I-696 in Madison Heights

Posted at 11:22 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 23:22:37-05

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Elected officials in Madison Heights held an emergency meeting in response to a toxic chemical oozing from the ground on I-696.

Residents are demanding answers about the toxic chemical and how the leak began for a second time in an old warehouse.

About a half dozen outraged citizens voiced concerns about the health risk associated with the deadly substance.

The council went into a closed session for nearly two hours to discuss "ongoing litigation" between the City of Madison Heights v. Gary Sayers.

Madison Heights Mayor Brian Hartwell was out of town on a family vacation. Mayor Pro Tem, Roslyn Grafstein said she could not provide details about the closed session.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her administration is considering "further criminal charges" against the "polluter" believed to be behind the green ooze that was found leaking onto I-696 approximately 10 days ago.

The man who owned it, Gary Alfred Sayers was sentenced to 1 year in federal prison for illegal storage of hazardous waste. He is scheduled to turn himself in in January.

Meantime, Madison Heights residents call for stricter regulations, enforcement, and accountability.