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By J. P. Tangen
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High court hears Kensington Mine appeal

Potentially precedent-setting decision could define extent of EPA jurisdiction over discharges under Clean Water Act amendments


Last updated 1/25/2009 at Noon

On Jan. 12, 2009, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, generally referred to as the Kensington case. Like all complex issues, this case defies simple explanation, but there is a kernel issue which can be held up to the light for examination.

Since 1972, when the Clean Water Act was overhauled, there has been...

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