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Clinton Township, Uni-Dig Continue Legal Battle to Control Stench

Clinton Township and Uni-Dig return to court Jan. 14 to address a lawsuit over the Quinn Road facility's alleged emission of noxious odors.

Clinton Township and Uni-Dig, a local recycling and composting company, are scheduled to return to Macomb County Circuit Court today in an effort to force some action on the lawsuit between the two, according to court records.

The lawsuit, filed by Clinton Township in June 2012, claims that Uni-Dig's composting operations have caused a noxious stench in the area around Gratiot Avenue and Quinn Road.

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It also argues that Uni-Dig's property isn’t zoned for composting operations and notes that the business is currently in violation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality over the size of its composting pile.

In light of the ongoing legal battle, the township board voted in August to halt its business dealings with the company until the lawsuit is resolved. In the past, Clinton Township has done $15,000 to $20,000 in business with Uni-Dig annually.

The two parties are scheduled to meet Jan. 14 in circuit court, after which Clinton Township's board plans discuss the case in closed session during its regularly scheduled meeting today.

For residents and businesses affected by the alleged stench, the law offices of Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, P.C. are continuing to investigate odor complaints relating to Uni-Dig. They have created an online database for those who have "experienced odors from this facility and are interested in learning more about what you can do to stop it," according to attorneys' website.

For more information, visit http://www.mldclassaction.com/unidigodor.html

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