Madison Heights to take man responsible for I-696 contamination to court
Hexavalent chromium leaks from condemned business
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Gary Sayers, the 77-year-old man whose condemned Madison Heights business is responsible for the I-696 spill, is being taken to court by the city of Madison Heights.
- Discovery of green substance on I-696 leads to multi-county contamination investigation
- Substance made famous by Erin Brockovich is what was seeping onto I-696
- Here’s everything we know about the green substance found seeping onto I-696
- Officials working on long-term solution for contamination near I-696 in Madison Heights
- Test results confirm substance found seeping onto I-696 is hexavalent chromium
The city of Madison Heights wants Sayers to demolish the condemned Electroplating Service building that has been leaking hexavalent chromium onto the highway. Officials with the city said they will demolish the building themselves if Sayers does not comply.
Sayers’ attorney asked the judge to adjourn the case for a year. He argued his absence means he won’t be able to defend himself in the courtroom. The judge denied the motion and said Sayers could testify through video conferences.
The court is expected to work with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to allow Sayers to testify through video.
The city is hoping to have officials with the Environment Protection Agency to testify Monday, but they have declined to do so.
The EPA established a website dedicated to Sayers’ condemned business. Click here to access the EPA’s official page on Electro-Plating Services..
Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.