The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), have asked a federal appeals court to file a joint amicus (friend of the Court) brief to defend the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Rule on Research, Development, and Demonstration Permits for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, issued in March 2004. The rule allows states to issue variances from certain landfill criteria in order to foster innovation in landfill technology, providing such variances do not increase risk to human health and the environment. The rule has been challenged by the Grass Roots Recycling Network (GRRN), which has filed a petition for judicial review of the rule with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
SWANA Executive Director and CEO John H. Skinner, Ph.D. in commenting on the joint amicus petition said: "SWANA is pleased to join with the NSWMA in filing this petition. The EPA, through this rule, has given states real opportunity, through innovation, to advance the environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste landfills. This rule will benefit the public and the environment at large and it is important that we join in its defense."
Bruce Parker, President and CEO of NSWMA, remarked, "EPA has done an excellent job of using its authority to provide for innovation while fully protecting human health, safety and the environment. We are pleased to support EPA in this matter and are joining SWANA in this effort that holds significant consequences for the members of both associations and the solid waste industry as a whole."
The petition to file the joint amicus brief by SWANA and NSWMA has been opposed by GRRN. In response Barry Shanoff, Esq., SWANA’s General Counsel and co- author of the joint petition stated, "We are very surprised that GRRN would oppose our filing of an amicus brief, since members of both associations represent virtually all of the municipal solid waste landfills that would be filing for RD&D permits under the EPA rule."
To read the final rule, visit EPA’s website at
About SWANA (www.SWANA.org)
For over 40 years, SWANA, The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the leading professional educational association in the solid waste management field. SWANA’s mission is "to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste." SWANA serves over 7,000 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.
About NSWMA (www.NSWMA.org)
For over 40 years, the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) has represented private solid waste collection, recycling and disposal companies. NSWMA has chapters in over 30 states and provides its members with federal and state advocacy, education, research and information.
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