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ENSCO, Inc. v. Dumas

Citation: 17 ELR 20520
No. No. 86-1410, 807 F.2d 743/25 ERC 1486/(8th Cir., 12/22/1986)

The court holds that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) preempts a Union County, Arkansas, ordinance banning the storage, treatment, or disposal of acute hazardous waste. RCRA § 3009 allows local governments to impose regulations more stringent than federal requirements and thus does not preempt all state and local hazardous waste regulation. Nonetheless, even though concurrent regulation is not totally precluded, local ordinances are nullified in so far as they conflict with RCRA. The court holds that the county ordinance clearly conflicts with RCRA. By banning storage, treatment, or disposal of all acute hazardous waste, the Union County ordinance undermines congressional intent that hazardous waste be handled safely. The court holds that RCRA § 3009 authorizes only good faith local regulations adapting federal policy to local conditions, not regulations designed to subvert federal policies mandating safe handling of hazardous waste under the guise of "more stringent requirements."

Counsel for Appellants
Michael A. Stick
Butler, Rubin, Newcomer, Saltarelli & Boyd
Suite 1505, Three First Nat'l Plaza, Chicago IL 60602
(312) 444-9660

Counsel for Appellee
Vincent Foster Jr., Carol S. Arnold
Rose Law Firm
120 E. Fourth St., Little Rock AR 72201
(501) 375-9131

Before JOHN R. GIBSON, Circuit Judge, HENLEY, Senior Circuit Judge, and FAGG, Circuit Judge.