SCELP represented Sierra Club and its Allendale County members in opposing permits for a new landfill, proposed at the site of an old landfill with existing groundwater contamination problems. Fortunately the plans for the proposed landfill were dropped.
We filed suit in state court seeking review of a county council decision to deem the landfill’s county permit application “complete,” despite the fact that the application failed to provide essential information required under the county’s landfill ordinance.
Despite our suit, county council moved forward with the application and held public hearings. But the hearings were mostly attended by citizens who oppose the landfill. The county council reached a stalemate with a 2-2 vote on the landfill permit. This vote killed the landfill permit application and made our suit moot.