Supreme Court To Hear Alaska Mine Tailings Case

Law360, New York (June 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday that it will review an Alaska case involving the discharge of mine tailings into U.S. waters.

Environmental groups filed the lawsuit after Coeur Alaska Inc. was granted a permit in 2005 to dump a sand-like material, called mine tailings, left over after gold extraction from the Kensington Gold Mine in southeast Alaska into the Lower Slate Lake near Juneau.

In May 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the permit granted by the...
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