The Supreme Court Stance On Coeur Alaska

Law360, New York (June 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a June 22, 2009, decision — Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, No. 07-984 — the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an Alaska gold mine project to place crushed rock tailings slurry as "fill material" in a settling pond impoundment constructed in a small natural lake.

Any water discharged from the impoundment downstream is regulated under a Section 402 "NPDES" permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection...
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