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Colville Superfund case to be considered in January
Monday, December 10, 2007
Filed Under: Education | Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a January 4, 2008, conference to consider a Superfund case affecting the Colville Reservation in Washington.

The justices are debating whether to accept the case. A Canadian company is trying to avoid liability for allegedly polluting the reservation.

Two tribal members sued Teck Cominco for dumping millions of tons of waste from a mine in Canada into the Columbia River. The tribe depends on fish from the river for subsistence and culture.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the company can be held liable under the Superfund law. But the Bush administration says the case is moot because the Environmental Protection Agency has rescinded its cleanup order against Teck Cominco.

Relevant Documents:
DOJ Brief | Other Briefs | Docket Sheet: No. 06-1188

9th Circuit Decision:
Pakootas v. Teck Cominco (July 3, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Colville Confederated Tribes -
Teck Cominco -
NARF-NCAI Tribal Supreme Court Project -

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Report backs tribe in Columbia River pollution claim (03/08)
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Judge won't dismiss tribe's pollution lawsuit (11/09)
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Mining company not worried about tribal-state lawsuit (09/02)
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Colville Tribes sue Canadian company over pollution (07/22)

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