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Petaluma set to sign 15-year trash hauling contract

A new long-term contract for Petaluma's trash hauling returns to the City Council today, following a review of potential legal challenges based on environmental concerns.

The council was set to vote on a renegotiated contract with Petaluma Refuse & Recycling last month, but was delayed by a last-minute legal objection raised by two environmental groups.

A lawyer representing the Petaluma River Council and the No Wetlands Landfill Expansion suggested the new agreement was akin to a "project," which would require a full environmental review.

City Manager John Brown said the city's legal analysis has concluded changes to the agreement wouldn't cause a physical change in the environment and therefore don't trigger additional environmental study.

Councilman Mike Harris said he hopes the agreement can move forward this time.

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