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Michigan County Admits Error in Not Issuing Permit for Landfill Project

The absence of a state permit means the contractor illegally dumped about 150,000 yards of excavating dirt at Freedom Hill closed landfill.

Officials in Macomb County, Mich., said that a state permit should have been secured before a contractor was allowed to dump soil at Freedom Hill County Park.

The site drew scrutiny last week when the mayor of Warren, Mich., said the contractor illegally dumped about 150,000 yards of excavating dirt at the landfill because the proper permit was not secured.

MacombDaily.com has more:

Deldin said soil erosion permits were obtained from the city of Sterling Heights and the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner’s Office, but officials were unaware that an additional permit should have been secured from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“We have found out since all of this came out, we thought the contractor was following the proper process,” Deldin said. “If we had to do it over now, we would know who had jurisdiction over the property.”

Warren Mayor James Fouts, who called the public’s attention to the Freedom Hill controversy last week, said the absence of a state permit means the contractor illegally dumped about 150,000 yards of excavating dirt at Freedom Hill closed landfill.

“I am 100 percent right on this,” the mayor said. “The contractor had a phony permit from Sterling Heights but the work never should have been done. If Jim Fouts had not raised the question, it would still be going on.”

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