Supreme Court hearing Alaska mine permit case
Wednesday, October 8, 2003

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation v. EPA, No. 02-658.

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to impose impose tough environmental requirements on the world's largest zinc mine. Located near the Alaska Native village of Kivalina, residents there say it is polluting the environment.

The case concerns $12 million in anti-pollution equipment sought by the EPA. The state contends the EPA can't overrule its interpretation of federal environmental rules.

The mine, known as Red Dog, is owned by NANA Regional Corporation and operated by a third-party company.

Lower Court Ruling:
STATE OF ALASKA v. US ENVTL. PROT. AGENCY, No. 00-70166/69/75, 70301 (9th Cir. July 30, 2002)

Relevant Documents:
Docket Sheet: No. 02-658

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