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December 1, 2005
Upholding a lower court ruling, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has determined that landfill operators must create a “harms and benefits” list when proposing new or expanded landfills, according to an article in The Clarion News newspaper. The test became mandatory for municipal solid waste landfills in 2000, the paper says.
The “harms and benefits” list must examine the impact a landfill project will have on surrounding communities as well as its environmental, social and economic benefits, the paper says.
“The Supreme Court's decision is a huge win for the people of Pennsylvania,” said Kathleen McGinty, secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Protection, to The Clarion News. “The harms-benefits test gives residents a voice in the permitting process and ensures their communities will garner benefits when they host landfills.”
Editor, Waste Age Magazine, Waste360
Stephen Ursery is the editor of Waste Age magazine. During his time as editor, Waste Age has won more than 20 national and regional awards. He has worked for Penton Media since August 1999. Before joining Waste Age as the magazine's managing editor, he was an associate editor for American City & County and for National Real Estate Investor.
Prior to joining Penton, Stephen worked as a reporter for The Marietta Daily Journal and The Fulton County Daily Report, both of which are located in metro Atlanta.
Stephen earned a BA in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
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