A recent federal court decision (PDF) confirms and seems to expand the validity of the Bush EPA’s redefinition of mine waste as "fill," allowing a gold mine to dump millions of tons of the crap into a freshwater lake north of Juneau, Alaska. This could set a truly disturbing precedent. More at Brudaimonia.

(And PS: "Brudaimonia"? That’s some quality philoso-blogospheric geekery.)

Update [2006-8-8 13:7:28 by David Roberts]: Ah, I see our very own Corey blogged about the case a year or so ago. Good background.