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Owner of Electroplating Services has begun prison sentence

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U.S. EPA

Gary Sayers, the owner of Electroplating Services, is now in federal prison.

Sayers' company is the source of the green toxic liquid that poured onto a roadway in Madison Heights in late December.  

Sayers will serve about 11 months -- after nearly two decades of flouting state and federal disposal laws for hazardous materials, including digging a pit in the basement of his factory where he dumped chemicals. 

He leaves behind a building and property contaminated with chromium 6, arsenic and other toxic chemicals. 

The EPA performed a limited cleanup in 2017. The agency recently did soil tests to learn more about the contamination. 

Meanwhile, the city of Madison Heights has filed a civil suit against Sayers for a demolition order. 

Sayers' attorney wants to delay the hearing. He says Sayers being in prison unfairly prejudices the defendant's ability to mount a defense.

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Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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