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Officials suspect Detroit building contains same chemical found on I-696

Substance found in concrete pits

DETROIT – A substance discovered Friday in a Detroit building will be tested because officials believe it is the same chemical found on I-696 in Madison Heights last month.

Officials were at the Commonwealth Industry building on Commonwealth Street, west of the Lodge Freeway and north of I-94 because records show that, at one point, the building was owned by Gary Sayers. Sayers owned the now-condemned Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights.

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Sayers is in prison after he pleaded guilty to storing hazardous waste without a permit.

Hexavalent chromium was seeping onto the freeway from the building.

Officials said several 8-foot by 10-foot concrete pits were found inside the Commonwealth Industry building. The pits had a substance that resembles the green ooze on I-696.

Further inspections and testing will be done at the Detroit building.

Officials said they are in the process of condemning the building. It will be boarded up this weekend so people can’t get inside.

In the meantime, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently evaluating test results of water and soil samples taken from near Electro-Plating Services. Test results from inside the building revealed high levels of PFOS.


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