During a hearing Monday afternoon, a judge said he wanted to maintain the status quo while both sides argue whether Kern County acted properly when they revoked Community Recycling's permit.
The judge allowed Community Recycling to stay open for the time being because the case hasn't even been heard yet.
If he had lifted the stay, that would have ended the case and Community Recycling would've been closed.
Potential Community Recycling Closure Is Complex
For more than two hours, attorneys for Community Recycling, Lamont's Sewage District and Kern County worked with Judge Eric Bradshaw on a number of complex issues.
Judge Bradshaw said almost from the beginning that he would like to allow the recycling company to continue operating for now.
County attorneys said they wanted the judge to order Lamont PUD to start looking for a backup plan if they have to stop sending their raw sewage to Community Recycling.
County attorneys also wanted the judge to order Community Recycling to start the closure process some experts have estimated could take at least five years.
The judge denied all of the counties requests saying it would amount to punishment before he has reached a verdict. Instead, all sides have ten days to come up with an order that will dictate how Community Recycling will operate while the case works its way through the courts.
Community Recycling officials said they hope their day in court will show they aren't the bad guys many assume they are.
Officials said Community Recycling will stay open for now; Lamont will have a place to send its raw sewage and more than a hundred people get to keep their jobs at Community Recycling.
The next court date in the case is in March.
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