|Thompson & Knight Regulatory Attorney Jim Harris quoted in The Dallas Morning News article |
Judge puts permanent injunction on Dallas trash plan
|October 17, 2012 11:04 pm|
The Dallas Morning News:
Dallas officials violated the city's charter and offered false justifications when they pushed through a law to require that all waste collected in the city flow to the McCommas Bluff landfill, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor effectively quashed the plan Tuesday when he granted waste haulers a permanent injunction against the city's so-called flow control ordinance.
The ordinance approved in 2011 would have forced all commercial waste haulers in the city to take the trash they collect to McCommas Bluff. As things stand, those companies can haul waste to any number of landfills in and around Dallas.
"The city remains committed to implementing an effective and sustainable long range solid waste plan. Such a plan includes the expanded use of emerging technologies and renewable energy sources, and the commitment to increases in recycling and re-use alternatives," the statement read.
Jim Harris, who represented waste haulers in the suit, feels confident his clients have effectively won the case.
"It's going to be difficult for the city to demonstrate that the legal conclusions the court reached based on the facts found were wrong," he said.
©2012, The Dallas Morning News Inc.
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