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Court approves Chrin landfill expansion

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 25 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 26 2012 05:34:07 AM CDT

A Northampton County landfill has won another legal victory in its long-running battle to expand in Williams Township.

WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. -

A Northampton County landfill has won another legal victory in its long-running battle to expand in Williams Township.

Trash has been the talk of this town for years. Neighbors living near Chrin Brother's Sanitary Landfill have been fighting hard against its expansion.

Just this week a panel of Commonwealth Court judges upheld a lower court's ruling allowing the landfill to move forward with plans to expand. The 34-page document outlines the case and the court's reasoning. The legal battle stems from zoning changes passed in 2009.

Company spokesman Stephan Rosenfeld said the ruling is a major development.

"We are pleased with the decisions of the Commonwealth Court and believe the opinions speak for themselves," he said. "Our legal positions have now been affirmed."

The group of neighbors who sued to stop the move had no comment Thursday night. But they've been outspoken in the past about their fears.

"Looking out my dining room window and seeing piles of garbage," explained Teresa Muretta.

In a 2009 report, Theresa and Michael Muretta sounded off about the possible expansion -- which now seems like a reality.

In August Michael was found severely beaten in his home. He later died. The death has been ruled suspicious but no arrests have been made.