A case now in federal court could have a profound effect on the future of flow control if Congress doesn't pass legislation on theissue this session, solid waste analysts say.

Judges on the U.S. Third CirCuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey are deliberating over what is commonly known as the Atlantic Coast case. In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Carbone v. Clarkstown, N.Y. last May, Atlantic Coast Demolition & Recycling, a private hauler, filed an appeal to an earlier ruling that denied the company's challenge of New Jersey's strict flow control laws. The Carbone decison struck down flow control laws as a violation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

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