WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday asked the federal government's top lawyer to give an opinion on the constitutionality of Alabama's hazardous waste fees, which are higher for waste generated outside the state than for waste produced within Alabama.

The Solicitor General's response to the court, expected within the next several months, could heavily influence whether the justices decide to hear arguments in the dispute, Chemical Waste Management Inc. v. Hunt. The court often seeks the federal government's views when it is uncertain whether cases merit review.

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