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Court Hears Case On Treated Wastewater For Arizona Ski Resort

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering arguments that challenge the planned use of treated wastewater to make snow at an Arizona ski resort.

Attorneys for the Save the Peaks Coalition presented their appeal Monday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. They told the court the U.S. Forest Service needs to do a more thorough analysis of the health risks.

The coalition is appealing a 2010 lower court ruling that says the Forest Service adequately considered the environmental impacts before approving the snowmaking plan at the Snowbowl resort near Flagstaff.

Government attorneys argue that the plaintiffs haven’t specified what information they want in the analysis.

More than a dozen tribes consider the mountain sacred. American Indian tribes argued unsuccessfully in a separate case that the plan violated religious freedom.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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