Supreme Court justices hear arguments regarding waste disposal of gold mine.
Wired PR News.com – The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments regarding the issue of a gold mine in Alaska disposing of wastes in a lake close by. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the case may be one that sets a precedent in regards to waste disposal from mines in water resources such as rivers, lakes, and streams.
Tom Waldo, an attorney with Earthjustice, is quoted in the AP report as stating, “The whole reason Congress passed the Clean Water Act was to stop turning our lakes and rivers into industrial waste dumps… The Bush administration selected the Kensington mine to test the limits of the Clean Water Act.”
The Alaskan mine was granted a waste disposal permit in 2005, however it was blocked after a federal appeals court determined the dumping practice would go against provisions of the Environmental Protection Act.