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Brattle economists are frequently involved in matters pertaining to the management of solid and toxic wastes. We work with federal, state, and municipal government entities to address waste management problems and advise on regulations for the disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Our economists have been at the center of the debate regarding the constitutionality of flow control ordinances enacted by city and county governments, and played a role in the key legal decisions regarding the Commerce Clause, including the Pike balancing test and the interstate nature of waste collection and disposal markets.


Below is a list of representative engagements for our Waste Management practice.

Solid waste flow control ordinance
Brattle economists conducted economic analyses on behalf of a large waste management firm challenging a county solid waste flow control ordinance. This work contributed to a successful outcome – the ordinance was struck down and the state legislature enacted legislation to restrict counties from imposing such ordinances.
Landfill environmental risk assessment
As part of the valuation of a large construction and demolition landfill, Brattle economists identified the environmental risks associated with the facilities on-going operations and monetized them.
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