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9th Circuit rules for Karuk Tribe in case over mining along river

An en banc panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the Karuk Tribe of California in a dispute about gold mining along the Klamath River.

By a 7-4 vote, the court ruled that the U.S. Forest Service failed to consult biologists from other agencies before approving the mining activities. The decision requires the agency to consider the impacts on endangered runs of salmon.

"The Forest Service's decision to place the search for minuscule flakes of gold above the needs of people who rely on clean water, and especially wild salmon, was unconscionable," Leaf Hillman, director of natural resources for the Karuk Tribe, said in a statement, the Associated Press reported.

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9th Circuit Decision:
Karuk Tribe v. USFS (June 1, 2012)

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