Dump fiasco in Madison Heights?

(WXYZ) - The battle over trash removal has city leaders in one local comity accusing a group of illegal dumping.

In an effort to clear neighborhoods of flood damaged debris, a lot off John R in Madison Heights is being used as a temporary storage spot.  It's owned by The South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, or SOCRRA, which represents twelve communities. 

When its Troy transfer station became overwhelmed with debris due to the recent flood, the group starting hauling garbage to its Madison Heights location.

"This is a defunct incinerator, but we do have a taster station license." said operations director Bob Jackovish. "We've been in contact with MDEQ and we are operating under emergency operations."

The city manager for Madison Heights disagrees. He claims SOCRRA illegally dumped a massive mountain of debris and shut the operation down.

Any truck driver arriving with garbage is being greeted by an officer with the Madison Heights Police Department, and threatened with a ticket.

SOCRRA claims the actions by the City of Madison Heights is hindering its efforts to help rid neighborhoods of flood debris and politics may be at play. 

"Madison Heights used to be in SOCRRA, but opted out, and now they want to see this place demolished but we would like to see another transfer station here." said Jackovish.

City of Madison Heights released a statement on the issue, which reads in part, "It's our understanding that SOCRRA has sought State approval to all the continuation of this illegal dumping in Madison Heights.  The City has not received formal notice of any such authorization and will continue to rigorously enforce our codes to insure that SOCRRA does not continue to illegally dump their waste in our community."

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