No hexavalent chromium here — Detroit area bar unveils 'green ooze' you can drink

January 02, 2020, 10:50 PM

A Hazel Park bar is capitalizing on the toxic green ooze found along I-696 last month with a new drink. 

Max Dugans on 10 Mile unveiled the "green ooze" shot on Facebook New Year's Day, saying that the "amazing" $4.50 mystery concoction would "make you glow." The bar is a block west of the industrial waste cleanup in Madison Heights.

Its owner tells The Detroit News he wanted to have some "lighthearted fun." The drink is reportedly popular — with 30 sold on its first day. The ooze, however is not. 

Tests conducted after its Dec. 20 discovery revealed it contains hexavalent chromium — a cancer-causing chemical that has since been found in a nearby storm drain in Madison Heights. Storm drains in Hazel Park and Warren were cleared of the contaminant.

The ooze came from a chemical plating firm nearby, which was shut down by state regulators several years ago. Its owner has has pleaded guilty to the illegal handling of hazardous waste and is to serve one year in prison.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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