Madison Heights — Six months ahead of his scheduled release from federal prison in November, Gary Sayers, the 70-year-old owner of the “green ooze” site in Madison Heights, will be moved to home confinement, the government confirmed.

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Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit, wrote in a statement that Sayers’ release is “pursuant to (U.S. Attorney General William) Barr’s directives to the Bureau of Prisons regarding release of defendants to home confinement in response to COVID-19.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office had no input in the decision, Balaya wrote, and no information on the timing of Sayers’s release or its terms. The Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a request for information. 

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By the time green ooze was spotted seeping from a freeway wall on Interstate 696 in late December, Sayers had already been convicted federally for illegal handling of hazardous waste.

Along with his prison sentence, Sayers has been ordered to repay the federal government $1.5 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s initial 2017 cleanup of the site.

In February, reported to Federal Correctional Institute Morgantown, in West Virginia. 

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