Supreme Court accepts Alaska mine permit appeal
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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review whether the Environmental Protection Agency can impose tough environmental requirements for a mine being opposed by an Alaska Native village.

The Red Dog mine is the world's largest zinc mine. It is owned by NANA Regional Corporation and operated by a third-party company. Kivalina Village, located next to the mine, says it is polluting the environment.

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

Get the Story:
Supreme Court to hear Red Dog Mine case (The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 2/25)
Red Dog appeal will get its day (AP 2/25)
High Court Fills In Docket for Next Term (The Washington Post 2/25)

Get the Case:
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 | DOJ Opposition Brief

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