Demolition of Electro-Plating Services Gets Funding in Budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak), who both represent Madison Heights, along with Madison Heights Mayor Roslyn Grafstein, have issued the following statements after the Legislature passed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 today, which includes $600,000 in funding for the demolition of the Electro-Plating Services site:

“The residents of my district have endured every day of 2020 in crisis — starting with the green ooze leaking in Madison Heights last winter. Even during a global pandemic, Rep. Ellison and I continued to press our colleagues throughout this year to address this environmental mess, and we are thankful they joined with us to approve the $600,000 we secured to assist with the cleanup. I am proud to be here to deliver support as we’ve been forced to manage multiple emergencies,” Sen. Moss said.

“This $600,000 appropriation for the removal of the hazardous and contaminated building and structures is a necessary step toward a better, long-term cleanup and remediation solution moving forward.  We have a lot more work to do as a legislature to ensure that other contamination sites get cleaned up as well.  We must also consider legislation to prevent these types of environmental disasters and hold polluters accountable when they do occur,” Rep. Ellison said.

“I appreciate our legislators stepping in to help with funding the demolition and remediation of this site. I’m eager to usher our community through the full cleanup and I’m looking forward to new development on this property in the future, as these problems have plagued the Madison Heights community for long enough,” said Mayor Grafstein of Madison Heights.

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