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Crews ID Milky White Substance In Macomb County Drain

April 19, 2019 - 12:09 pm

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WWJ) - Officials are working to track down whoever is responsible for leaking a milky, white substance in a Macomb County drain.

A hiker initially discovered the substance on Thursday at the Burr Relief Drain No. 2, near Mound and 18 Mile Roads, and notified officials. 

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said crews think they've identified the substance.

"Typically when we see this type of thing, it's almost always evidence of some type of concrete washout," Miller said. "So, something from a concrete site, maybe a concrete business that is not performing their environmental due diligence properly."

Miller said only two companies are located in an industrial area nearby. Once the culprit is identified, Miller said they will be billed for the cleanup.

"There's several, I guess, a least a couple of concrete companies in the area. And so we're not 100 percent sure yet which one it came from, but most probably one of them," she said.

Crews did manage to stop the spill from spreading downriver and into the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.

"We immediately deployed an environmental company, so they put out booms along the drain and they also are using absorbent pads to get any of this material that they can, to get it out of the drain to stop it before it goes into the Plumbrook (drain) -- which we have been successful in doing," said Miller.

In the meantime, anyone who sees pollution should report it to the Macomb County Public Works Office at 877-679-4337.