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Judge dismisses case claiming Oregon's logging roads needed federal pollution permit


PORTLAND, Oregon — A federal judge in Portland has dismissed a case over pollution from logging roads that had gone to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Anna J. Brown wrote in the order filed Friday that the Supreme Court settled the existing legal questions when it ruled last year that muddy water running off logging roads into salmon streams did not require the same kind of permit as other industrial pollution.

She also rejected a request from the Northwest Environmental Defense Center to file an amended complaint, saying it would be unfair to require the Oregon Department of Forestry and timber companies to defend against a new legal theory eight years after the original case was brought.

Department of Forestry spokesman Dan Postrel says they feel vindicated that their logging road regulations work.

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