Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive?
- Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses
- 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'
- When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD
- Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers
News & Music Contributors
Wed October 31, 2012
Supreme Court upholds stricter mine permitting
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that a mining company must go through a stricter permitting process before it can build a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana.
The justices in a 4-2 decision upheld Judge Kathy Seeley's 2011 ruling that the more rigorous process for the Rock Creek mine will protect threatened bull trout habitat in the Cabinet Mountains.
Revett Minerals Inc. must apply for individual permits that require a public comment process instead of a general permit that had been approved by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
The Spokane, Wash.-based company had argued that environmental concerns were addressed through the general permitting process.
Justices Jim Rice and Patricia Cotter dissented with the majority, saying they would have reversed Seeley's ruling.