Description: Challenge to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's authorization of landfill expansion.
Conservation Law Foundation v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/26/2019 Order Appeal denied. Massachusetts Court Upheld State Approval of Coastal Landfill’s Expansion. On July 26, 2019, a Massachusetts state court upheld a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) decision authorizing expansion of a landfill in the Town of Saugus. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Town of Saugus had appealed the MassDEP’s decision. CLF’s allegations included that the landfill’s coastal location “makes it extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts, including sea level rise and damaging storm surge, creating a significant risk of erosion and of pollution from the Landfill washing into the surrounding rivers and coastal wetlands.” News coverage of the court’s decision affirming MassDEP’s decision did not discuss the climate change-related allegations. 05/09/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed.
Town of Saugus Board of Health v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/26/2019 Notice of Appeal Notice of appeal filed by Board of Health.