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Initial test results after toxic spill come up empty

Test results from nine surface water samples taken Wednesday downstream of the site where a toxic compound was released into the Huron River showed no detectable presence of the contaminant.

That’s according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Two tests taken Tuesday also detected no presence of the chemical, hexavalent chromium. Surface water samples are taken within the first six to 12 inches of the surface of the water.

A “do not contact” recommendation remains in effect as continued testing along the river system and in the Wixom wastewater treatment facility took place Thursday.

Meanwhile, the company that released the toxic compound has been issued a cease-and-desist order.

A representative for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy told The Detroit News that the City of Wixom issued the notice to Tribar Manufacturing’s facility earlier this week.

Wixom Police have also opened up a criminal investigation into the circumstances that led to the release into the city’s wastewater treatment system.

Also known as hexchrome, the compound is used in plastic finishing and is a known carcinogen. It is banned in Europe and is no longer used by many companies in the U.S.

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