MINERS APPEALING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT OVER NPDES

Post Reply
Mythicalminer
Silver Miner
Posts: 36
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:21 am
Location: Cave Junction, OR
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 26 times

MINERS APPEALING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT OVER NPDES

Post by Mythicalminer » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:14 am

ALL;

Apologizes for not getting back to this sooner. As far as what's happening with the Smith Petition and the Letter of Support goes, I have received a letter from the EPA thanking me for the Letter of Support... and that they are looking at it (the problem). WHEN? Who knows.

NOT HELPING is the total mess back in Washington DC... how Trump gets anything done is a miracle... and let's face it, our problems are not high on the list of things to do! We need more pressure put on the EPA and Army Corps to ACT!!!

Although it's a little early to announce, we are doing something that just might put the needed pressure on the EPA/Corps. Just last week the Eastern Oregon Mining Association and the Waldo Mining District, along with 4 individuals (i.e.; the appellants that have been in court for 14+ years over NPDES permitting) signed Agreement papers with the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) who will file an appeal on our behalf of the recent Oregon Supreme Court decision with the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of December.

Once our appeal is filed, the agencies will have a choice to either amend the regulations, or risk a SCOTUS decision... and all we have to do is show that suction dredges do not "add pollutants".

As this develops, news will be posted on the Waldo Mining District website at: WWW.WALDOMININGDISTRICT.ORG

(BTW: for those that don't know, in the West, the U.S. EPA (Region 10) requires suction dredge mining be covered under a "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System" (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act. This is the same permit needed for sewage treatment plants and other onshore industrial discharges into waters. The "addition of a pollutant" has been defined by the U.S. Supreme Court to mean the addition from the outside world into the water... in other words, adding something to the water that wasn't in the water. Suction dredges don't "add" anything!

There's more on the Evils of NPDES on the Waldo website.)
Mythicalminer
Silver Miner
Posts: 36
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:21 am
Location: Cave Junction, OR
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 26 times

Re: MINERS APPEALING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT OVER NPDES

Post by Mythicalminer » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:16 pm

A QUICK UPDATE:

Pacific Legal Foundation filed our Petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) which was docketed (officially received) on Jan. 3, 2020. Oregon then waived their right to reply!

On Feb. 3, an Amicus (friend of the court) brief was filed on behalf of mining orgs from 4 different states (including The New 49ers) along with two counties in support of our Petition. Three days later SCOTUS ordered Oregon to respond by March 8! Oregon then requested and received a 30-day extension, their response is now due April 8.

That SCOTUS ordered Oregon to respond is taken to mean that the court is interested in this case... increasing our chances that our case will get heard.

For more information and to read the Petition and the Amicus brief, please visit us at: www.waldominingdistrict.org
User avatar
Jim_Alaska
Site Admin
Posts: 95
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:14 am
Location: Northern California
Has thanked: 53 times
Been thanked: 29 times

Re: MINERS APPEALING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT OVER NPDES

Post by Jim_Alaska » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:07 pm

Thanks for the update Tom, it really does look promising, more so than ever before, so lets keep our fingers crossed and pray that God will have some positive influence on this court.
Jim_Alaska
Administrator

jfoley@sisqtel.net
chickenlip_willie
Iron Miner
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Location: Medford Oregon
Been thanked: 4 times

Re: MINERS APPEALING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT OVER NPDES

Post by chickenlip_willie » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:46 am

Jim & Tom, Thank you for the up date !!
Post Reply