Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider reviving several Virginia interstate waste restrictions that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Richmond, struck down late last year. Specifically, the state appeals court struck down laws that limited out-of-state waste, tightened restrictions on large trash-hauling trucks and banned garbage barges from three Virginia rivers.

The state passed the laws in 1999 to restrict large shipments of imported waste, primarily as a result of the impending closing of the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, N.Y.