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Environment & Climate Change

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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