- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation does not need a pollution permit to transfer water back into the Klamath River after it has flowed through an irrigation project on the Oregon-California border.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Friday in favor of the bureau in a lawsuit brought by the Oregon environmental group ONRC Action.

Citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case, the appeals court found that the Klamath Straights Drain that the bureau uses to move water from Lower Klamath Lake back to the Klamath River was not distinct from the river. As a result it does not need a point source pollution permit under the Clean Water Act.

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