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Plating Company Violations Found After Leslie Fire

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LESLIE, MI (WLNS) - The clean-up process following Tuesday’s fire at the ISC Plating chrome plant in Leslie will without a doubt take some time, especially with toxic chemical drums nearby.

On Thursday the city and cleanup crews assessed the damage and 6 News Nick Perreault was there.

Today crews put up chain fencing to keep people away from the ISC facility and potentially dangerous chemicals, like chromic acid and nickel.

"It could get in the water and the ground could become contaminated so we want to take care that that does not happen,” said Michael McClellan, Department of Environmental Quality.

That’s a concern for Michael McClellan and the Department of Environmental Quality. This very plant had issues with cleanup back in 2005.

“We found violations and issues we were concerned about with air and water and waste and the soil.”

Nine pages worth, involving ISC, not properly placing hazardous waste in containers timely and failing to control runoff which leaked into the soil.

Now the Department of Environmental Quality says ISC Plating did pay a $30,000 fine back in 2008 and since that time they say they haven't had any violations or issues with ISC Plating.

"If we were starting over today that type of business would probably not have been allowed in that area, close to a residential area,” said Brian Reed, Leslie City Manager.

But Reed says back in 1973 when they moved in zoning laws were different. So he's also walking the grounds to make sure any potentially dangerous chemicals are disposed of properly this time.

We tried to talk with the owner Richard Conarton about the violations and the cleanup, but he declined our interview.

"Our concerns are the rest of the cleanup, we know that there are heavy metals on site.”

And getting rid of those properly, the DEQ says will be in full swing Friday.
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