9th Circ. Backs Feds' Approval Of Wash. Tribal Hatcheries

Law360, New York (April 19, 2017, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Marine Fisheries Service didn’t violate federal environmental law in approving the use of fish hatcheries by the state of Washington and a Native American tribe to help restore fish populations.

The Wild Fish Conservancy and several other environmental groups had alleged that the federal government ran afoul of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act when they approved hatcheries to revive fish in the Elwha River after a...
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