Important Landfill Update

Important Landfill Update

Important Landfill Update
Posted on 10/23/2020
Arbor HillsMichigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) against Advanced Disposal Services, operators of the Arbor Hills landfill in Salem Township, to enforce over 30+ violation notices issued by EGLE. To view the lawsuit, click here.

Attorney General Nessel attended the press conference at Marv Gans Community Park to announce that her office filed the suit in Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court Friday morning.

Speakers at the press conference were:
  • Northville Township Supervisor Robert Nix
  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel
  • State Sen. Dayna Polehanki
  • State Rep. Matt Koleszar
  • The Conservancy Initiative President Ralph Lassel
  • Ridge Wood Elementary School Parent Monya Ibrahim

Attorney General Nessel said: “The operator of Arbor Hills landfill has continually demonstrated a blatant disregard for the very serious concerns raised by so many community members around this area and in the state. This site has been a public nuisance for years and the potential threat to the health of nearby residents we believe to be quite significant. In this juncture, legal action is clearly a necessity and my office will support EGLE’s enforcement efforts so that our residents’ health and natural resources are not subjected to the hazardous pollution created by this landfill.”

Nessel thanked Supervisor Nix for “his tireless advocacy going back before the three of us were in Lansing,” she said, referring to Sen. Polehanki and Rep. Koleszar.

Supervisor Nix said, “This lawsuit provides our residents with the most effective vehicle for obtaining corrective actions to eliminate the odor nuisance caused by the landfill.” 

The Conservancy Initiative’s Lassel said: “It simply can’t be overstated what is being announced today will give our residents real hope for a better tomorrow.”
  • The Township and its coalition partners have been working on the odor issues at Arbor Hills for years. What triggered today’s lawsuit was Township’s letter of July 16 to Attorney General Nessel, joined by Northville City and Plymouth Township, requesting the Attorney General take actions to enforce Arbor Hills’ EGLE violations.
  • This lawsuit and the legislative effort to prevent any expansion of the landfill continues to be supported by the coalition the Township built with The Conservancy Initiative, Northville City, the School Board, the Township of Plymouth and legislators.
  • One of the greatest threats to the Township is expansion of the landfill. This lawsuit should help our legislative efforts to prevent this expansion. The Township with its lobbyist Midwest Strategy Group has built bipartisan support with State Sen. Polehanki and State Rep. Koleszar for legislation prohibiting the expansion of a landfill located on a county border without the consent of the bordering community. 
  • Legislators are currently in recess and we expect the proposed legislation will be considered upon their return.