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9th Circuit debates dispute over sacred San Francisco Peaks

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments today in The Save the Peaks Coaltion v. US Forest Service.

The Save the Peaks Coalition and individual citizens are suing the U.S. Forest Service. They say the agency failed to consider the health impacts of using reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

The owners of Arizona Snowbowl, a ski resort, plan to use reclaimed wastewater to make snow. The facility is located within the Coconino National Forest.

The 9th Circuit previously ruled against a coalition of tribes that sued the USFS over the snowmaking plan. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.

Today's arguments take place in San Francisco, according to the court's schedule.

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