Judge Sides With Enviros, Vacates Approval Of Mont. Mine

Law360, New York (June 30, 2017, 2:36 PM EDT) -- A Montana federal judge on Thursday formally vacated the federal government's decision to approve of a proposed underground copper and silver mine, saying that the deficiencies in the biological opinions issued for the project are substantial.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy granted a bid from Save Our Cabinets, Earthworks and Defenders of Wildlife to vacate a decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service that approved the Montanore project. The judge had remanded the project back to the agencies in May, but the plaintiffs requested in early June that the judge vacate the remanded agency...

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