Monday, August 31, 2009

United States v. Northshore Mining Co.

Aug 17: In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, Case No. 08-1423, 08-1529, & 08-1533. According to a court written summary, Northshore received all of the relief it sought in its motion to dissolve the injunction in the case, and it lacked standing to appeal the order; nor did Northshore have standing to appeal the district court's collateral ruling denying its Rule 60(b) motion as the court's ruling on that motion was immaterial to the ultimate ruling vacating the injunction; the United States' appeal must also be dismissed because it was not aggrieved by the district court's order since its interest did not extend to air-emissions programs and the order involved only affects air emissions.

With respect to the remaining appeal by Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, those parties have failed to show that the district court abused its discretion by vacating sua sponte [acting spontaneously without prompting from another party] the injunction's air-emissions programs as the State and the agency have sufficient regulatory tools to monitor and control the plant's fibre emissions in ways which parallel the injunction. In its conclusion, the Appeals Court said, ". . .we dismiss Northshore’s appeal, dismiss the United States’ cross-appeal, and affirm the district court’s conclusion that the air-emissions provisions of the injunction are moot."

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