Landfill ruling is win for us all

Published 1:33 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A judge’s decision Tuesday that rendered the Conecuh County Commission’s approval of plans for a massive and wildly unpopular landfill to our north null and void has been called a win for everyone in south Alabama, not just the Town of Repton, where the 5,100-acre dump would have been built.

The ruling, which ends one phase of a legal battle that has stretched on for the better part of six years, points to inadequate public exposure and a lack of transparency on the part of the commission and their actions, as a reason to reverse their decision to approve plans for the landfill.

Repton Mayor Terri Carter and government entities, including both the City of Atmore and the Escambia County Commission, came together to file a lawsuit aimed at fighting the commission’s decision, and keeping what many believe would be an environmental disaster from coming to fruition.

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An appeal of Tuesday’s decision may still happen, but for now, we’re glad the commission was called on their actions and a landfill upstream from Atmore is looking less and less likely.