House Appropriations Committee schedules hearing into I-696/Madison Heights contamination, Detroit and Sanilac County response

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WHAT: House Appropriations Committee hearing exploring state response and communication related to contamination near I-696 in Madison Heights and ownership-connected property in Sanilac County and Detroit.



House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron, with several state and local officials invited to testify including Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Director Liesl Clark.





House Appropriations (Room 352), State Capitol in Lansing.


WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.









Toxic liquid began visibly leaking onto the shoulder of I-696 in Madison Heights in late December 2019. State environmental authorities have been involved at the source, Electro-Plating Services, for more than a decade. The hearing will focus on state response to the contamination and related issues, including response and communication related to property in Sanilac County’s Marion Township and Detroit.


“Any time public health might be compromised, residents and taxpayers expect a fast and effective response from the state with proper communication at all levels of government,” Hernandez said. “Examining the state’s response to these incidents will help determine steps to improve the process in similar situations moving forward.”