Fight Continues Over Use of Sewage to Make|Snow on Mountains Sacred to Arizona Tribes

PHOENIX (CN) – The U.S. Forest Service did not thoroughly analyze the impact of using reclaimed sewage to make snow at a Flagstaff ski resort, the Save the Peaks Coalition claims in Federal Court. The group claims the artificial snow could hurt children and skiers.




     Save the Peaks wants the Forest Service enjoined from expanding the Arizona Snowbowl and using reclaimed sewage to make snow there until people who may be affected by it are “properly informed.”
     The Arizona Snowbowl is on Mount Humphreys in the Coconino National Forest. The mountains are sacred to 13 American Indian tribes, who also have objected to the Forest Service’s use of “reclaimed sewer water for snowmaking,” the complaint states.
     The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the tribes’ religious objections cannot stop the ski resort from expanding or using reclaimed water to make artificial snow. But plaintiffs in the new case claim that the 9th Circuit has held that the Forest Service did provide a “reasonably thorough discussion” of the risks of human ingestion of the treated snow.
     The plaintiffs are represented by Howard Shanker of Tempe.

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