Odor troubles some Clinton Township residents

Odor troubles some Clinton Township residents

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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.

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