Cleanup continues after chemical leaks onto freeway

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MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) (12/22/19) - Environmental crews continued cleanup efforts around a suburban Detroit freeway and in a shuttered industrial firm after a chemical seeped onto the roadway.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Saturday workers finished vacuuming sewers and working inside Madison Heights-based Electro-Plating Services. The chemical oozed from the building's basement on Friday, entered an Interstate 696 storm sewer and a sewer clean-out between the business and the freeway's service drive.

Officials say the liquid was identified as water contaminated with a chemical used in textile dyes and other products.

They add it poses public danger. Last month, the company was fined $1.5 million and its owner received one year in prison for illegally storing hazardous waste.

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