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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.

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Michigan Dept. of Transportation

The city of Madison Heights is suing the owner of a business called Electro-Plating Services. Gary Sayers’ company was the source of the now infamous toxic green ooze that appeared on I-696 in December. The trial for the lawsuit against Sayers resumes on Thursday.

Michigan Radio reporter Tracy Samilton has been covering it and she joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for an update.

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Michigan Dept. of Transportation

On December 20, a neon green slime was discovered leaking onto I-696 in Madison Heights. 

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Contaminated water is still migrating off the property of Electro-Plating Services, despite pumps installed inside the building. 

That's according to Tracy Kecszemeti, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy's district supervisor of materials management.

Read more: First day of trial: regulators paint grim picture of conditions at Electro-Plating Services

U.S. EPA

State environmental officials say Detroit fire inspectors have found a number of liquid filled pits in the basement of a Detroit warehouse owned by Gary Sayers.

Sayers was recently imprisoned for violations of environmental laws at his company, Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights.

U.S. EPA

State environmental regulators say they'll reassess if Electro-Plating Services qualifies for Superfund status. 

The company is the source of the contaminated green liquid that spilled onto a roadway in Madison Heights in December. 

The U.S. EPA did what's called a "critical removal" of hazardous materials from Electroplating Services in 2017: hauling away anything that seemed like an imminent threat to public health. 

U.S. EPA

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) says it's investigating potentially hazardous chemicals discovered at a Detroit property owned by Gary Sayers, who was recently imprisoned for violations of environmental laws at his company, Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights.

Detroit Fire Department inspectors identified potentially hazardous liquids at the location, 5900 Commonwealth Street, on Friday.

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.