Demonstrators gather in Milford in response to Tribar Manufacturing chemical release

Demonstrators gathered in Milford on Wednesday in response to a cancer-causing chemical being released into the Huron River system by Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom.

MILFORD, Mich. – Demonstrators gathered in Milford on Wednesday in response to a cancer-causing chemical being released into the Huron River system by Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom.

Hexavalent chromium was discharged to the sanitary sewer system from Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom the weekend of July 29 and routed to the Wixom wastewater treatment facility, officials said. That wastewater discharged to Norton Creek, which flows into the Huron River system.

Hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen that can cause a number of adverse health effects through ingestion, skin contact or inhalation.

Tribar Manufacturing was served with multiple violation notices on Tuesday.

Read more: Company cited for several violations after cancer-causing chemical released into Huron River system

  • You can watch a recording of the event live in the video player above.

Officials warn people not to swim, fish in Huron River

Officials say all people and pets should avoid contact with Huron River water between North Wixom Road in Oakland County and Kensington Road in Livingston County.

That includes Norton Creek downstream of the Wixom Wastewater Treatment Plant (Oakland County), Hubbell Pond (also known as Mill Pond in Oakland County) and Kent Lake (Oakland and Livingston counties).

Read: Officials warn people not to swim, fish in Huron River due to cancer-causing chemical: What to know


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