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Lansing Township Sues BWL

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(WLNS) - The Lansing Board of Water and Light is being sued by Lansing Township over the dumping of fly ash at the North Lansing landfill.

The township filed suit to recover costs and damages that they claim are a result of the dumping of coal ash, or what's also called fly ash, that began in 1988.

BWL was licensed to dump the ash in a portion of the landfill until 1996 when BWL's application to renew the fly ash disposal license was denied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Evidence of contamination was found in 1994 by State inspectors and in 1998 a fine of $1.3 million was recommended against BWL.  The BWL settled with the State of Michigan when a fine of $104,00 was paid.

There is currently no evidence of ongoing contamination.

The suit was filed earlier this month in Federal Court.

A spokesman for BWL would not specifically address the lawsuit, saying the BWL does not comment on litigation.

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