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Today I learned that Assistant City Attorney Daniel Ophoff is acting as the spokesman for the defendants in the hazardous waste lawsuit we filed against the developers of the Boardwalk project, the recently completed residential-commercial project on Monroe Avenue north of downtown.
On the taxpayers' dime, Ophoff is now speaking to the local court on behalf of private parties, including Pioneer Incorporated, Dykema Excavators Inc., 940 Monroe L.L.C., and Superior Environmental Corporation. All of these companies have been identified as participants in a conspiracy to remove the hazardous waste underlying the Boardwalk project site (see "Poison" for details) and passing it off as clean soil to evade the state's hazardous waste storage, transport, and disposal regulations (see "Dumping Scandal FAQ's" for details).
Why has the City Attorney's Office volunteered to act as a spokesman for these polluters? What is the justification for the taxpayer subsidizing the legal expenses of private parties who have been videotaped and photographed in the act of violating the state's hazardous waste management laws? Why won't the City Attorney or the City Commission respond to these questions?
Click here to e-mail Mayor Heartwell and the City Commission to demand an explanation for the defense pact the City Attorney's Office has made with the Boardwalk developers.