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January 9, 2013

High court tosses stormwater ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has unanimously sided with Los Angeles area governments that are fighting a lawsuit over pollution from urban stormwater runoff.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the court in a narrow holding Tuesday that the federal appeals court in San Francisco wrongly ruled for environmentalists in their lawsuit against the Los Angeles Flood Control District. At issue is responsibility for billions of gallons of polluted water that flow into the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, and eventually the Pacific Ocean, after heavy rainfalls.

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