The ultimate fate of solid waste flow control could be determined next month when the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey rules in a challenge to the state's restrictive waste disposal laws.

According to several sources speaking at a conference last week in New York City, the ruling is expected to be a key indicator of whether lower federal courts will follow the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a ruling in May on flow control that some considered a death knell for bond-financed solid waste issues.

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