WARREN — Crews worked throughout the weekend to clean sections of I-696 and the surrounding area after a green chemical substance began oozing onto the roadway from the condemned Electro-Plating Services building. On Saturday, the Michigan State Police identified the substance as hexavalent chromium, a chemical known to cause cancer. In response, state Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) issued the following statement:

“Hexavalent chromium is a highly toxic chemical and I am alarmed by the threat it poses for soil, groundwater and watershed contamination, putting the health and safety of our families at risk. I will remain vigilant throughout the ongoing cleanup process and will continue working with state and local authorities to better understand the full scope of the potential damage caused by this leak, how it occurred and the proactive steps needed to prevent this from happening again.”