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United States v. Reserve Mining Co.

ELR Citation: 7 ELR 20051
Nos. No. 76-1405, 543 F.2d 1210/9 ERC 1417/(8th Cir., 10/28/1976) Aff'd

The Eighth Circuit affirms the lower court's ruling that Reserve Mining's taconite discharges into Lake Superior must cease on July 7, 1977, barring the parties' resolution of the on-land disposal site controversy. The court also affirms the lower court's assessment of fines, penalties, litigation costs, and sanctions, for reason that Reserve's discharges discolored the water in violation of its state permit, and not, as the lower court held, because "reasonable medical concern" over the discharge's health effects is equivalent to the permit's prohibition of "material adverse effects" to the water.

For the district court's opinions, see 6 ELR 20481, 20628.

Counsel for Plaintiff United States
John Varnum
Department of Justice
Washington DC 20530
(202) 739-2935

Counsel for Plaintiff State of Minnesota
Byron E. Starns
Philip Olfelt
Paul Faraci
James Schoessler
102 State Capitol
St. Paul MN 55155
(612) 296-6196

Counsel for Plaintiff City of Duluth
William P. Dinan, City Attorney
Robert Asleson
Daniel Berglund
City Hall
4th Ave. W & 1st St.
Duluth MN 55802
(218) 723-3368

Counsel for Defendant Reserve Mining Co.
Edward T. Fride
Hanft, Fride, O'Brien & Harries
1200 Alworth Building
Duluth MN 55802
(218) 722-4766

Maclay Hyde
Lindquist & Vennum
4200 I.D.S. Tower
80 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis MN 55402
(612) 335-6651

Counsel for Defendant Republic Steel Co.
William T. Egan
Rider, Bennet, Egan, Johnson & Arundel
1910 First National Bank Bldg.
Minneapolis MN 55402
(612) 340-7951

Counsel for Defendant Armco Steel Co.
John Gordon
G. Alan Cunningham
Faegre & Benson
1300 Northwestern Bank Bldg.
Minneapolis MN 55402
(612) 338-7571

Joined by Lay, Ross, Stephenson & Hanly, JJ.