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A photo of the pit in the EPS basement before the 2017 emergency clean-up.
U.S. EPA

When Detroit firefighters found pits filled with liquid in the basement of a warehouse owned by Gary Sayers, state officials had to assume the worst.

That's because similar pits in the basement of Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights were heavily contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen.  

Chromium turns liquids green, which resulted in a "green ooze," spilling from the EPS site onto I-696 in December.

Now, test results show that the liquid in the warehouse pits is in fact contaminated, but primarily with heavy metals. 

EGLE

Preliminary test results indicate pollution from Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights is not contaminating drinking water, nor is it moving into residential areas.

City of Madison Heights

Environmental regulators painted a grim picture of conditions inside Electro-Plating Services on the first day of a trial on Monday.