Michigan Settles Over Ingham Landfill Cleanup

Date: July 17, 2003

Source: News Room

The state of Michigan expects to recover $4.8 million related to the cleanup of the former Sunrise Landfill following a recently filed consent decree. The decree in Ingham County Circuit Court stems from a case brought by the state attorney general's office over the landfill, which operated from the late 1960s until 1978 in Allegan County's Wayland Township. In 1999 and 2000, state environmental officials removed almost 6,000 buried drums of waste from the site, as well as contaminated soil and liquid. In exchange for payment for its work, the state agreed not to sue the 82 parties in connection with the 1999 and 2000 cleanup efforts. Some of the 82 parties were involved in three previous consent decrees over the site. Those settlements were made following three lawsuits and brought in about $3 million for cleanup efforts before 1999 as well as site improvements.

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