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Basement Superfund Site Has Michigan Man Facing Jail Time

Feb. 14, 2019, 11:39 PM

A Michigan man built a Superfund site in his basement over 20 years, and Feb. 14 he pleaded guilty to illegally storing thousands of pounds of hazardous waste like cyanide and chromium.

Gary Sayers admitted to breaking federal storage and disposal laws at his Madison Heights business Electro-Plating Services. He will pay a $750,000 fine and pay back the $1.4 million the EPA spent cleaning up. Sayers faces up to five years in prison.

Since 1996, Sayers had stored dozens of 55-gallon drums of toxic chemicals such as cyanide, chromium, nickel, chloride, trichloroethylene, and ...

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