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A split Sixth Circuit has said it will not review a panel’s decision concluding the Clean Water Act does not regulate pollutants that travel from a source to navigable waters through groundwater.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a Seventh Circuit appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed its suit over a Michigan state permit for a proposed zinc and gold mine, saying the federal government has abandoned its obligation to exercise jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act.
The Tenth Circuit sided with a well operator and a pair of landowners in a dispute over oil and gas lease sites on land linked to an Indian tribe, saying the Bureau of Land Management lacked authority to demand a key to the locks on the sites' gates.
An Ohio federal judge on Friday blocked drug distributors from trying again to keep racketeering allegations out of a bellwether trial in the opioid multidistrict litigation, rejecting assertions that enormous damages associated with racketeering will hinder settlement talks.
Washington will step into a lawsuit over the U.S. Navy's process for cleaning decommissioned ships unless it quickly agrees to clean up related waste, the state attorney general announced Thursday, accusing the Navy of releasing "50 dump truck loads" of pollutants into Puget Sound from one ship cleaning alone.