What’s the rush on Allied Waste’s landfill bill?
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Lots of questions remain unanswered as the House considers Allied Waste’s HB3881. More troubling, lots of questions haven’t even been asked.
Why is Allied Waste in such a hurry to pass as bill that will increase waste hauling costs for towns, businesses and taxpayers?
That answer is clear. Flexing its political muscle to shut down a Cook County landfill and prevent an Illinois family business from expanding helps Allied corner the market, limit competition and increase profits.
But other questions remain unanswered.
Why are so many lawmakers supportive of legislation that hurts a local business, local municipalities and undermines local decision making?
Do green advocates understand that by supporting HB3881, they’re standing in the way of increased environmental protections at Land and Lakes’ Chicago facility and efforts to turn Chicago brownfield land into green space?
Does Allied’s desperate money grab have anything to do with recouping the $11 million in fines it just paid to the City of Chicago for abusing M/WBE contract requirements?
The real question is…what’s the big hurry?
Land and Lakes joins public officials in urging lawmakers to hold off on making any rash decisions before these and other questions can be answered.