Landfill Ruling

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Waste Connections hits a road block in it's efforts to dump Wichita's trash in Harper County.

A Harper county judge reverses an earlier ruling, which for now blocks the construction of a Harper County landfill.

Harper County residents Sue Francis and her sister Patricia Detwiler are feeling good about the court ruling.

Harper County Judge Robert Schmisseur has ruled against Waste Connections' plan to build a landfill in a pasture northeast of the town of Harper.

Landfill opponents lost their first lawsuit in January when the judge ruled in favor of Waste Connections. But Pat and Sue say that didn't dissuade them from pursuing the issue.

Sue Francis says, "We had no doubts that what we knew was right if he got the information before him. But we had to get the evidence before the judge. He didn't have it in the first go round."

Judge Schmisseur ruled the Harper County Commissioners made a decision to approve zoning for the landfill before conducting public hearings.

Waste Connections takes Wichita's trash from a transfer station northwest of Wichita to an Oklahoma landfill. But the company was hoping to build a landfill in Harper County, so it wouldn't have to take the trash so far away. The company says it could save Wichitans up to a couple of bucks a month on their bills.

Waste Connections' Chief Executive tells KAKE News he expects the company to appeal the ruling.

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