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Philadelphia, City of v. New Jersey

ELR Citation: 7 ELR 20200
Nos. No. 75-1150, 430 U.S. 141/9 ERC 1764/(U.S., 02/23/1977) Remanded for reconsideration

The Supreme Court remands to the New Jersey Supreme Court the question of whether the newly-enacted Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 preempts a New Jersey statute prohibiting the importation of solid waste into the state. The state court should address the statutory nature of this question prior to Supreme Court resolution of the constitutional issue of the alleged undue burden on interstate commerce.

Mr. Justice Powell, dissenting and joined by three justices, argues that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's legislative history expressly disclaims preemptive effect and that the Court should decide the merits of the case.

For the state supreme court decision, see 6 ELR 20356.

Counsel for Appellants
Herbert F. Moore, Arthur Meisel
Jamieson, McCardell, Moore, Peskin & Spicer
19 Chancery Lane, Trenton NJ 08618
(609) 396-5511

John R. Padova
Solo & Padova
Lewis Tower Bldg., 15th & Locust St., Philadelphia PA 19102
(215) 545-0111

Counsel for Appellees
William F. Hyland, Attorney Genera; Mark L. First, Deputy Attorney General; Stephen Skillman, Ass't Attorney General
State House Annex, Trenton NJ 08625
(609) 292-4925