Brattle economists are frequently involved in matters pertaining to the management of solid and toxic wastes. We work with federal, state, and municipal government entities to address waste management problems and advise on regulations for the disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.
Our economists have been at the center of the debate regarding the constitutionality of flow control ordinances enacted by city and county governments, and played a role in the key legal decisions regarding the Commerce Clause, including the Pike balancing test and the interstate nature of waste collection and disposal markets. We have also valued landfills; calculated host fees meant to reflect negative externalities attributable to landfill, recycling, and incinerator facilities; and determined whether property values have been influenced by waste disposal facilities.
Brattle economists conducted economic analyses on behalf of a large waste management firm challenging a county solid waste flow control ordinance. This work contributed to a successful outcome – the ordinance was struck down and the state legislature enacted legislation to restrict counties from imposing such ordinances.
As part of the valuation of a large construction and demolition landfill, Brattle economists identified the environmental risks associated with the facilities on-going operations and monetized them.