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Idaho phosphate mine put water, vulnerable bird at risk

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge in Idaho ruled that the Bureau of Land Management erred in approving a phosphate mine in Caldwell Canyon: it did not consider the indirect effects of processing ore at a proposed plant, did not “take a hard look” at its effect on water resources and the vulnerable greater sage-grouse and did not consider alternatives that could have mitigated or eliminating harmful impacts to the threatened bird’s habitat.

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