Odor troubles some Clinton Township residents - New York News

Odor troubles some Clinton Township residents

Posted: Updated:
Clinton Township resident Jessica Guddoba described the odor as a "garbage, trash, urine, feces smell." Clinton Township resident Jessica Guddoba described the odor as a "garbage, trash, urine, feces smell."
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

Like clockwork, Jessica Guddoba and her neighbors claim every summer, especially on warm, humid days and when the wind blows in the right direction, the stench that enters their homes becomes unbearable.

"It smells like I have 15 horses in my backyard," said Coleen Brown.

"It smells like a dead body, rotten eggs," said Jim Streu.

"Garbage, trash, urine, feces smell," said Guddoba. "I woke up to my entire house smelling."

"Nice day, you want to open your windows, you have to shut them because it just comes in your home," Brown added.

Air fresheners, candles and fans -- they said they have tried it all and nothing works. They live near 15 Mile and Gratiot and have worked to track down that smell. They believe it is coming from Uni-Dig, a composting company in Clinton Township. It turns out they are not alone.

Fox 2 has learned more than 1,000 people have joined a class action lawsuit and are suing Uni-Dig. Peter Macuga is representing residents and business owners in the area who claim the piles of composting materials is the source of the stink. They want the odor eliminated and are seeking monetary relief for their loss of property values and quality of life at their own homes.

"When they compost the amount of material that the DEQ has told them in the past not to compost, there is no possible, logical answer except that the defendants don't care," Macuga remarked.

Macuga said the state has cited Uni-Dig several times for the stench. There is even a court order right now for the company to eliminate the odor, but he claimed nothing changes.

An attorney who represents Uni-Dig refused to comment referring to this as a money grab. But in the case of the class action lawsuit, the only people who can be compensated are those who live within seven-tenths of a mile away from the site.

The residents we spoke with live nine-tenths of a mile away. They didn't know about a lawsuit. They just want the smell to stop.

"This is just the start of summer, and I don't want to go through the rest of the summer like this," Brown said.

"I know they have to make a living and stuff like that, but there's got to be a way to stop the smell so we can live our lives," Streu said.

There is movement in the lawsuit. We're told by the attorney that a meeting has been set for two months from now to talk about a settlement. If it doesn't happen, they're heading to trial.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices