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9th Circuit won't rehear Colville pollution lawsuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused a Canadian company's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by members of the Confederated Colville Tribes of Washington.

In July, the court said tribal members could sue Teck Cominco under the federal Superfund law. The company is accused of dumping millions of tons of mine waste into the river.

Teck Cominco asked the 9th Circuit for a rehearing but the request was denied on October 30. The company has 90 days to consider an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Get the Story:
U.S. court declines Teck Cominco pollution appeal (AP 11/8)

Court Decision:
Pakootas v. Teck Cominco (July 3, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Colville Confederated Tribes -

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