Tough Scrap Metal Rules Challenged In Cincinnati



Salon Staff
February 19, 2012 12:18AM (UTC)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A scrapyard has filed a lawsuit against Cincinnati, saying a new ordinance placing restrictions scrap metal sales will drive away customers.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) the lawsuit filed by Garden Street Iron & Metal Inc. in U.S. District Court on Friday says the rules violate the U.S. Constitution's protection for interstate commerce.

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The city's rules require permits, background checks, licensing and additional record-keeping.

Much of Garden Street's metal is shipped in from other states. A company lawyer says sellers have said they will stop doing business.

The city says it passed the ordinance Wednesday in an effort to curb the theft of scrap metal.

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High prices for copper and other metals in a struggling economy have spurred metal thefts. Police say such thefts accounted for 40 percent of the city's break-ins and burglaries last year.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com


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