A class action lawsuit has been filed against Decorative Panels International over the pungent smell on the north side of Alpena.
Liddle Sheets Coulson PC in Detroit represents residents of the Alpena area who were affected by the smell which has been compared to the smell of rotten baked cabbage.
They are seeking $5 million in damages, saying the residents are unable to use and enjoy their property and it lowers the value of their home. “The lawsuit is an effort to control the emission of offsite noxious odors and improve the quality of life around this facility,” said Steven Liddle, senior attorney representing the residents. “There have been quite a few complaints of odors so significant that they interfere with the use and enjoyment of their property and it also creates concerns about the depreciation and resale value of their property.”
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy advised DPI on August 9 that their facility violated state regulations due to an odor coming from a lagoon on the property. Although DPI has not said for sure that the smell came from them, they said they are taking steps to ensure that smells coming from the facility do not interfere with the lives of residents. ‘Alpena.