9th Circ. Gives Alaska Control Over Pollutant Permits

Law360, New York (November 5, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has approved a plan for Alaska to take control of its water pollution permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

A split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday allowed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to transfer control of most NPDES permitting in Alaska to the state government.

Indian and environmental groups had argued that giving control of judicial reviews to Alaska courts could shut them out, since Alaska uses a “loser pays” system that...
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