High Court Defers To Bush Memo In Mine Waste Case

Law360, New York (June 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a ruling that could weaken protections for waterways, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit that will allow a mining company to dump waste from a gold mine into an Alaskan lake, thereby killing all of the lake's fish.

The nation's highest court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that because the language of the Clean Water Act was ambiguous and because regulations adopted by the Army Corps and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were also ambiguous, it must...
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