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· E&E News: "9th Circuit declines to rehear logging-road runoff case"
May 17, 2011 -- A federal appeals court said today it won't reconsider its decision last year that requires Clean Water Act permitting for stormwater runoff on logging roads.
· Seattle Times: "Court: reaffirms that muddy water is pollution"
May 17, 2011 -- A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that muddy water running off logging roads after rainstorms is pollution that requires a special permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
· Law360: "9th Circuit won't rehear logging runoff permit challenge"
May 17, 2011 -- The Ninth Circuit has refused to reconsider its holding that runoff from Oregon State Forest logging roads was subject to permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act.
· Santa Cruz Good Times: "New ruling tightens logging regulations"
November 3, 2010 -- This August, WFLC won a landmark sedimentation case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. According to the ruling, logging companies must now seek point source permits for the water discharged from roadways traversed during timber harvests.
· The Oregonian: "Oregon forestry department appeals court ruling that logging road runoff is a form of pollution"
October 6, 2010 -- The Oregon Department of Forestry is appealing a court ruling that runoff from logging roads is a form of pollution that requires a permit under the Clean Water Act.
· The Oregonian: "Settlement requires stricter regulation of Oregon coast logging"
September 28, 2010 -- Private timber owners and loggers in much of Oregon's Coast Range will face more stringent environmental regulations to protect streams under a court settlement issued Tuesday.
· Tillamook Headlight Herald: "Judge: Logging roads pollute"
August 24, 2010 -- Local timber interests are bracing for the potential impact of a court ruling that dirt, rock and sand runoff from logging roads is a form of pollution requiring a permit under the Clean Water Act.
· Seattle Times: "Appeals court: mud from logging roads is pollution"
August 17, 2010 -- A federal appeals court Tuesday decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount that reaches salmon streams.
· OPB: "Logging Road Runoff Decision Could Have Big Implications in NW"
August 17, 2010 -- Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that rainwater channeled by logging roads into rivers and streams is pollution and can be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
· The Oregonian: "Oregon held to account for failing to protect coastal waterways"
January 15, 2010 -- Oregon doesn't do enough to protect its coastal waterways from the harmful effects of logging, and that could end up costing the state millions in withheld federal dollars.
· The World: "Timber plan divides Oregon North Coast residents"
January 30, 2010 -- A proposal to cut more timber on the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests has divided North Coast residents.
· Statesman Journal: "Effect of logging incident on city's drinking water spotlights forest rules"
January 28, 2007 -- No laws were violated, but logging near headwaters of creek forced Falls City to close its drinking-water intake.
· The Oregonian: "Suit to attack logging roads' dirty water"
June 22, 2006 -- An environmental group alleges polluted runoff is streaming into the Trask, Kilchis rivers. A Portland legal group known for making polluters clean up their acts is taking aim at logging roads in the Coast Range that it says funnel chocolate-brown water into prime salmon rivers with every heavy rain.
· The Oregonian: "Oregon Senator Ron Wyden under fire from environmental groups for bills on logging roads, industrial pollution"
· The Oregonian: "Salmon habitat and water quality"
August 5, 2011 -- Every Oregonian has a stake in stream protection
· Clean Water Act Under Attack
August 24, 2011 – Environmental groups sponsor an ad urging members of Congress to stop their attack on our clean water.
· Seattle Times: "Follow the law to protect fish and water supplies"
Nov. 2, 2011 -- A controversial federal appeals court decision shines a light on an exemption to clean-water regulations that can compromise healthy fish runs and water supplies.
· The Oregonian: "Oregon must regulate logging roads to protect the state's water supply"
June 20, 2012 -- Guest columnist Tom Wolf, chair of the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited, on the importance of protecting Oregon's clean water.
· Northwest Public Radio: "Supreme Court to decide if logging road runoff is pollution"
June 25, 2012 -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal in a case that asks if the muddy water that flows from logging operations is industrial pollution.
· High Country News: "Oregon ignores logging road runoff, to the peril of native fish"
July 23, 2012 -- Oregon's forest road systems are at least twice as dense as they should be to protect salmon from runoff effects in working forests. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that culverts, ditches and channels that collect logging road runoff should be regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The timber industry and the State of Oregon disagreed--so they appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
· The Seattle Times: "High Court to decide how logging roads regulated"
December 1, 2012 -- The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to switch gears on more than 30 years of regulating the muddy water running off logging roads into rivers.
· The Oregonian: "Oregon logging road pollution case heads to U.S. Supreme Court"
December 2, 2012 --
· The New York Times: "E.P.A. rule complicates runoff case for justices"
December 3, 2012 -- Last minute action from the Environmental Protection Agency complicates logging roads case.
· Oregon Public Broadcasting: "High Court Wades Into Logging's Muddy Waters"
December 3, 2012 -- The Supreme Court Monday heard arguments in a case that looks at the regulation of muddy water that flows off logging roads.
· The Oregonian: "U.S. Supreme Court may punt on Oregon logging road pollution case"
December 3, 2012 -- EPA's new rule change could prompt the Court to decline to judge the case.
· The New York Times: "Justices Back Loggers in Water Runoff Case"
March 20, 2013 -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that logging companines were not required to obtain permits for stormwater runoff from logging roads.
· The Oregonian: "Supreme Court decision won't end battle over logging road pollution, activists vow"
March 20, 2013 -- The Court's decision will not end efforts to improve logging road runoff rules.
· The Seattle Times: "Group keeps up challenge to logging roads"
March 20, 2013 -- Group will keep pressuring EPA to regulate muddy logging roads.