Suspected illegal hazardous dumping sparks investigation
Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:15 pm, the Alanson Fire Department and the Emmet County Sheriffâ??s office responded to the report of an unknown white â??milkyâ?? substance that was in the storm drainage outflow at the dead-end of East Street in downtown Alanson.
Numerous agencies worked together through the night to remove the product and return the drain to its natural state. Work was completed by 4 am Thursday morning.
â??The fire department was able to contain most of the product by placing a temporary dike in the drainage ditch which helped prevent it from escaping into the Crooked River. Their quick actions kept the incident from becoming a much larger problem,â?? said Gregory Williams, Director of the Tri-County Office of Emergency Management.
Identification of the product was not immediately possible and samples taken from the scene have been sent out for further testing. It is believed that this incident was caused by illegal dumping that occurred between the hours of 1 and 4 pm on August 20th.
Anyone with any information that may help with the investigation is asked to contact the Emmet County Sheriffâ??s Office.