Dumping Waste Into Clean Water Doesn’t Violate The Clean Water Act

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

SCOTUS ruling today:

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Clean Water Act does not prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from allowing mining waste to be dumped into rivers, streams and other waters.

In a 6-to-3 decision that drew fierce criticism from environmentalists, the court said the Corps of Engineers had the authority to grant Coeur Alaska Inc., a gold mining company, permission to dump the waste known as slurry into Lower Slate Lake, north of Juneau.

I don't know the details of the case, so I'm not going to comment on whether the decision was sound or not.

I will say this though…. if the ruling is sound, then they need to either change the name of the "Clean Water Act" or enact a better one.