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Judge rules for Repton in landfill lawsuit

A judge has ruled in favor of the Town of Repton in a long-running lawsuit against the Conecuh County Commission and a group hoping to put a massive landfill near the small town.

The ruling, entered Tuesday by Circuit Judge Burt Smithart, states that the host government approval by the Conecuh County Commission — made April 18, 2011 — is null and void, as is the host fee agreement.

The cities of Brewton and Atmore, along with the Escambia County Commission and Poarch Band of Creek Indians, joined Repton in its lawsuit, stating they would be adversely affected by the landfill and its impact on the environment.

“The plaintiffs and intervenors have conclusively proved that they have suffered and will continue to suffer injuries and the threat of injuries from violations of procedures and standards that were designed to protect their concrete interests,” Smithart’s ruling states.