Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds “harms and benefits” decision for landfill operators

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, the “harms and benefits” test observes the impact the landfill will have on surrounding communities and its environmental, social and economic benefits. The new ruling comes as County Landfill Inc., located in Farmington Township, seeks a permit to expand its landfill.