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Critics: Macomb snubs green crimes


Prosecutor's Office says smaller caseload on water quality issues stems from constraints on budget.


Jim Lynch / The Detroit News


MOUNT CLEMENS -- More than a year after Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith replaced a prosecutor dedicated to fighting environmental crime, the office is handling fewer cases and drawing complaints from the green community.

Created in 1998, the environmental prosecutor -- or Water Quality Unit -- was a rarity in Michigan and the United States.

The office was designed to work with state and county agencies to monitor activities that threaten the area's waterways and wetlands.

Former Prosecutor Carl Marlinga lobbied county commissioners to establish the post, but he now says it has devolved into something less than he planned.





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