WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — An auto trim maker broke the law after dumping industrial chemicals into a river system northwest of Detroit, Michigan, environmental officials say.
Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said its water resources division issued citations Tuesday to Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom for releasing a plating solution containing hexavalent chromium into a system. sanitary sewer the weekend of July 29.
The solution ended up in a sewage treatment facility that sends sewage to a creek that empties into the Huron River system.
Hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen and can cause a number of health problems if someone ingests, touches or inhales it, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Tribar Manufacturing was cited for failing to immediately notify the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy after discovering the spill. The agency also alleges that the unauthorized discharge of pollutants interfered with the sewage treatment process.
The agency said it is still investigating the exact amount of chemicals released and why.
Tribar Manufacturing has until Aug. 20 to respond to the notices in writing, according to the state agency. The Associated Press called Tribar Manufacturing on Wednesday afternoon but could not leave a message on the company’s voicemail system.
State health officials said testing at 55 sites downriver in the Huron River system found no hexavalent chromium.
Health officials say people and pets should avoid contact with the Huron River in parts of Oakland and Livingston counties. He also advises that fish caught in this area should not be eaten.
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