In regards to environmental policy, when Sarah Palin says something is "great news for Alaska," you know you are in trouble.

This week in (another) tragic blow to the authority of the EPA to actually protect and regulate public lands, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that it was against the law for a federal appeals court to block an Army Corps of Engineers permit that allows a gold mining company to dump 450 tons of highly toxic waste into a nearby lake.

According to reports by the EPA, conservation groups and even an internal report by the mining company, the waste will essentially make the lake sterile, preventing it from supporting any form of life.

This is not just bad news for one pristine Alaskan lake that will be no more. It sets a frightening precedent in the relative authority of the EPA and the Army Corps when it comes to protecting public lands. 

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'Green News Report' w/ Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen
June 25, 2009

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