Mining Firm Writing Its Own Environmental Report Loses Round In Court

“Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe’s lawsuit to stop pollution in Payette National Forest can proceed against the Canadian mining company Midas Gold.”

“A Canadian gold-mining company allowed by the Trump administration to write its own assessment of the environmental impact of its proposed project on federal lands has lost a round in court against the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.

U.S. District Court Judge Barry Lynn Winmill denied a motion from Midas Gold to dismiss the tribe’s lawsuit.

The tribe sued the British Columbia company in August, saying it violated the Clean Water Act by failing to stop the discharge of pollutants, including arsenic, cyanide and mercury, from gold mines into tributaries of the Salmon River, threatening fish populations important to the Nez Perce.”

Mary Papenfuss reports for HuffPost December 23, 2019.