Man Responsible For 696 Green Ooze To Be Released From Prison Due To Virus

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) The man responsible for the chemical waste that oozed onto I-696 in Oakland County will be released early from prison because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gary Sayers owns Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights that was discovered to have leaked the contaminate hexavalent chromium onto the freeway in what's widely referred to as the "green ooze" incident. 

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy confirmed they received word Thursday that 70-year-old convict was approved for release, and on May 20 will be transferred from from a federal prison in West Virginia federal to house arrest. 

It's unclear if Sayers will return to his former residence in metro Detroit, where he was living before going to prison. 

Sayers and his company both pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit last year to illegally storing hazardous waste at the company's property, on E. 10 Mile Road. He was sentenced to a year-and-a-day in prison last November. 

The Couzens Road exit ramp from eastbound I-696 remains closed, five months following the incident.