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Ski Resort Accused of Harming Environment

January 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

California sued Squaw Valley USA, alleging that the ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics is harming the water quality in a sensitive Sierra Nevada area.

The suit accuses the resort of violating federal, state and local environmental protection laws for years by eroding the mountainside and hurting the water quality of Squaw Creek and its tributaries. The streams flow into the Truckee River, which has a sedimentation problem.

The suit alleges that Squaw Valley built ski lifts, ski trails, a gondola, drainage culverts and parking lots without obtaining proper permits, or violated those permits by allowing excessive erosion and runoff.

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