High Court Seeks US Input In Logging Runoff Permit Row

Law360, New York (December 12, 2011, 2:08 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court asked the federal government Monday for its take on challenges to a Ninth Circuit ruling that stormwater runoff from logging roads required an environmental permit under the Clean Water Act.

The high court is considering whether to review the Ninth Circuit's rejection of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule allowing states to regulate stormwater runoff from silviculture — the growing and harvesting of trees — through best management practices rather than via National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

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