Appeal Of EPA Permit Threatens Alaskan Zinc Mine

Law360, New York (February 17, 2010, 5:26 PM EST) -- Teck Resources Ltd. may be forced to curtail operations at one of the world's largest zinc mines in Alaska, as conservation groups and local residents appeal the legality of the mine's permit, due to come into effect March 1.

Municipalities and environmental groups in Alaska have contested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's renewal of a 20-year permit for the Red Dog Mine that they say constitutes illegal backsliding under the Clean Water Act because the permit allows more pollution than previously accepted.

The entire permit has...
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