MDL Judge Rebuffs EPA's Bid To Escape Mine Spill Suit

Law360 (March 1, 2019, 9:18 PM EST) -- The New Mexico federal judge heading up the multidistrict litigation brought by Utah, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and others over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill mostly rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to escape the suit Thursday, leaving the government to face claims under federal environmental and tort laws.

In his opinion Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson denied almost all of the federal government's two motions to dismiss claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act, as well as the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation...

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