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Detroit-Area Probe Seeks Toxins Dumper

Published on 2002-03-27. Author : SpecialChem

Investigators are seeking a suspect in the illegal dumping of more than 1,000 gallons of toxic waste at five sites in Detroit's northeast suburbs, including the grounds of a grade school.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is leading the probe into the weekend dumping involving drums of solvents, paints and other waste in Macomb County.

No one was hurt, and officials say the waste dumped near the South River Elementary School was quickly removed and posed no danger to children.

Three of the dumping sites were on residential streets. Another was in an industrial area.

Officials say they think they have a suspect. The strongest clues come from labels on the 55-gallon drums naming a Canadian company, which may have been the waste's initial source.

The local emergency services director, Charles Seehase, tells today's Macomb Daily, ``It looks like they pulled up in a large truck, possibly a dump truck, and started dumping this stuff.''

Officials think the hundreds of containers were dumped at night over a four-hour period.


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