Logging Halted In Idaho Mine Expansion Fight

Law360 (April 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has stayed logging operations needed to expand a controversial phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho, remanding a bid by environmentalists to block J.R. Simplot Co.'s mining plan to district court.

Because planned logging and removal of topsoil from certain areas in the expansion project has not yet taken place – and because a district court did not include these activities in its irreparable harm analysis – District Judge Mikel H. Williams' December order refusing to halt the project was partially vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday.

The Smoky Canyon Mine has...

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