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Court To Hear Coakley Landfill Public Records Lawsuit


Update, Tuesday 10 a.m.: The records hearing was continued late Monday night and has not yet been rescheduled.

Original post, Monday 4 p.m.: 

A judge is expected to decide Tuesday if the towns and businesses responsible for pollution at Coakley Landfill on the Seacoast have to release more of their internal records.

Those stakeholders are known together as the Coakley Landfill Group, which comprises the municipalities, private waste generators and transporters that federal officials say contributed to contamination at the North Hampton Superfund site.

The Seacoast lawmakers who sued the Landfill Group say its finances and communications are a matter of public record. They think those documents will shed light on past spending and controversial decisions about cleanup at the site.

The Landfill Group argues it's not covered by the state's open records law. Its largest stakeholder is the city of Portsmouth, which says it's already releasing as many relevant public documents as it can.

The final hearing on the case is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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