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State To Pursue Appeal Over Bad Septic Tanks

A fight over failed septic tanks near Lake Huron is headed to the Michigan Supreme Court.

The state appeals court in August said Worth Township could not be forced to install a sewer system, despite the environmental mess. Lawyers say state regulators plan to ask the Supreme Court to take the case.

The deadline is next week.

Some private septic systems are failing on a five-mile stretch between M-25 and Lake Huron in Sanilac County. Waste is being discharged into the lake and its tributaries.

A judge ordered Worth Township to come up with a remedy, but the appeals court said the township isn’t responsible for fixing the problems of private property owners.

The township says it can’t build a sewer system without financial help from the state.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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