Logging Runoff Permit Fight To Get High Court Hearing

Law360, New York (June 25, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a Ninth Circuit decision finding that stormwater runoff from logging roads required an environmental permit under the Clean Water Act, granting a petition from the Oregon Board of Forestry and timber industry groups.

The justices will look at the appeals court's rejection of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule allowing states to regulate stormwater runoff from the growing and harvesting of trees through best management practices rather than via National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

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