North Carolina Senate Votes to Block Landfills

Date: July 13, 2006

Source: North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina State Senate unanimously approved an 18-month moratorium on new landfill development, including four proposed projects that when combined would have nearly doubled the state's landfill capacity. Ostensibly, the time-out is to help cool heads over potential out-of-state waste imports and to allow closer analysis of the state's needs. It is likely that the state will be sued by developers who have already invested heavily in the projects, particularly those where community agreements are already in place.

The bill is still subject to approval by the House. A compromise might grandfather in existing projects.

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