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Bear Creek spill (Warren, Macomb County)

A chemical release is suspected to have occurred on or about February 7, 2024 when a water line in the former Fini-Finish Metal Finishing plating shop broke causing a significant volume of water to flood the shop, located at 24657 Mound Rd. As a result, chemicals associated with the plating business entered storm sewers that flow into Bear Creek. The creek flows into the Red Run Drain and then the Clinton River, which is a tributary to Lake St. Clair.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led the cleanup effort and turned the site over to Michigan EGLE over the weekend for follow-through. 

Officials stress there was no impact to drinking water systems from the release, although all areas water systems were alerted as a precaution. Officials continue to advise residents to avoid contact with the creek water.

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The U.S. EPA is assisting with this investigation

The EPA's investigation page has a detailed timeline of events and additional background information.

Visit the EPA incident page