Judge Blocks Michigan Trash Law

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A federal judge on Friday postponed for 30 days the implementation of a law that regulates the kind of waste shipped to Michigan landfills from out of state.

U.S. District Court Judge Avern Cohn said the details have not yet been worked out for a system that would determine if out-of-state waste meets the requirements set out in the law.

“This case simply is not ripe for decision yet one way or another,” Cohn said in announcing his decision.

The National Solid Wastes Management Association sued the state to block the law, which was to go into effect next Friday. The law requires jurisdictions shipping waste into Michigan have the same prohibitions that Michigan has for what kind of waste it allows in its own landfills.

If the jurisdictions do not have the same prohibitions, the haulers must demonstrate that all prohibited items have been removed from the shipment.

Cohn said the law as written would “pass Constitutional muster,” but he was concerned about the application.

The court was to hold another hearing on the matter on Oct. 20.