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Can I successfully sue local government for failing to enforce their own laws pertaining to recreational burning?

Wolverine Lake, MI |
Filed under: Government law

My local government has a burning ordinance it refuses to enforce. This permitting of a nuisance, if you will, is also permitting a known public health hazard. Can I successfully sue? Would initiating a citizens suit in relation to failure to enforce the clean air act be an option? Unjust enrichment, anything?

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  1. Sure, you can sue. The question is whether you can afford it, whether your friendly neighbors will pay real money to see this nuisance abated. It's doubtful your action will bring you a payday. You may contact the federal authorities about the clean air act. Alternatively, why don't you run for municipal or mayoral office on that platform?

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