State of Maine v. Johnson, 498 F.3d 37 (1st Cir. 2007)

State of Maine v. Johnson, 498 F.3d 37 (1st Cir. 2007)State of Maine v. Johnson, 498 F.3d 37 (1st Cir. 2007)

Summary

That case involved a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which gave the State of Maine permitting authority, under the Clean Water Act and MICSA, with regard to discharge of pollutants into territorial waters of the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe, but exempted two Tribal-owned facilities from the State's permitting program. Despite a detailed Opinion Letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior supporting the Tribe's claims, the court upheld the State’s authority to regulate all of the disputed sites, including the two tribal-owned sites located on tribal lands which the EPA had found to have insignificant consequences for non-members of the tribes.

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