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Drastic steps needed to clean up toxic green ooze spill, says environmental officials

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Michigan environmental officials say drastic steps may be needed to clean-up chemicals that produced a green ooze in portions of Macomb County. A potentially cancer-causing chemical oozed onto I-696 just before Christmas Day. Officials have been cleaning up the ooze and testing groundwater for possible contamination.

But they say the chemical cannot be completely cleared…unless the former Electro Plating Services building where it came from is demolished. The owner of the building had dumped the chemicals into a five-foot-deep pit.

Madison Heights officials sued the owner to force him to demolish buildings on the site…but the owner is preparing to report to prison…for having illegally stored hazardous waste.

State and federal environmental officials say their agencies are not in a position to do any demolitions.