WASHINGTON -- In a blow to municipalities that rely on resource recovery plants to dispose of household trash, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled that toxic residue ash produced by such plants must be treated as hazardous waste under more stringent federal regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency and municipal interests say treating the ash as hazardous will dramatically raise disposal costs and increase reliance on scarce hazardous waste landfill capacity.

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