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Red Dog Mine Air Standards Upheld

On January 21, 2004, the Supreme Court issued a decision upholding EPA's authority to enforce federal air pollution standards at the Red Dog Mine, a zinc mine in northwest Alaska. This ruling not only ensures the protection of pristine air, national parks, and wildlife refuges in Alaska, it also protects residents of other states from the effects of major polluting facilities by affirming the EPA's authority to protect clean air when states fail to do so. This will prevent states from sacrificing clean air for the benefit of big business.