A Helena District Court affirmed this week that the Public Service Commission ruled correctly when it authorized Bull Mountain Sanitation to operate a garbage-hauling business in Musselshell County.
“Montana’s towns depend on reliable service, and this case shows that,” said Roger Koopman, Public Service Commissioner for the district that includes Musselshell County. “The level of demand made it clear that the people really wanted competition in the marketplace.”
In 2013, Bull Mountain began a solid-waste hauling business in Musselshell County on the belief that it would not need PSC authorization to do so. When it became clear that they did need a Certificate of Public Convenience from the PSC, they sought such a certificate. Republic Services of Montana and Bayside Disposal protested the application. Both companies had Certificates of Public Convenience covering all or part of Musselshell County.
On March 2, 2015, the PSC held a hearing in Roundup on the matter, at which Commissioner Koopman presided. The commission subsequently voted 5-0 to grant Bull Mountain Sanitation its certificate. Republic and Bayside asked the court to review the commission’s decision, alleging a number of errors.
Judge James Reynolds ruled on Monday that the PSC acted correctly in granting the certificate to Bull Mountain Sanitation.