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Carlota Copper Co. v. Friends of Pinto Creek

Close Date: 01/12/2009
Topic(s): Hazardous Substances and Environmental Protection
Status: closed
Citation: 504 F.3d 1007
Docket: 07-1524

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Whether the issuance of a permit for an open-pit mine that would discharge copper into Pinto Creek—a river already severely impaired from excessive copper pollution—was inconsistent with 40 C.F.R. § 122.4(i), an EPA regulation under the Clean Water Act.

Deepak Gupta and Brian Wolfman of Public Citizen were co-counsel for the respondent at the cert stage, and the Supreme Court denied cert.