Rumpke, Colerain Township reach no settlement in future landfill expansion

CINCINNATI -- In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Colerain Township trustees decided not to settle with Rumpke on a future landfill expansion, and to go forward with litigation.

If a settlement were to come at the meeting, it would have ended an 8-year litigation process, which would have given the township some control over the growing landfill, Rumpke spokeswoman Amanda Pratt said.

The agreement would also have given funds to Colerain Township, including money for industrial development and fixed service rates for residents, according to Pratt.

When the opposing sides met a couple weeks ago, Colerain Township trustees said they were prepared to head to court, even with the high cost of a trial taken into consideration.

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Rumpke's plan would nearly double the size of a landfill on Crest Road. That proposal was shot down by the township in 2006. Since then, Colerain Township has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Rumpke's request to grow the landfill.

At the previous meeting, trustees said if the debate reached a courtroom, the trial would begin at the end of September.

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