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Ohio Supreme Court publishes recording of oral arguments in Rumpke public utility case

Ohio Supreme Court chambers

COLUMBUS — Counsel for Colerain Township and for the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill gave oral arguments February 7 on the subject of whether or not the landfill should be designated a public utility and thus exempt from local zoning authority. All seven justices posed questions during the 38 minute hearing, many of them to clarify possible consequences of overturning a lower court’s decision to award the landfill public utility status and the powers of various agencies regulating the landfill. The Ohio Township Association, groups of Ohio townships, county commissioners and local solid waste management districts, and the State of Ohio have filed Amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs supporting the position of Colerain Township.

– Melissa K. English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action