Arizona Supreme Court to consider use of effluent at Snowbowl

The Hopi Tribe says chemicals in effluent used to make artificial snow could taint water used for ceremonial purposes. /Courtesy of Arizona Snowbowl

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services | Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Hopi tribe can try to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.

In a brief order, the justices agreed to hear arguments by Snowbowl and the city of Flagstaff that an intermediate level appellate court got it wrong in concluding the tribe has the legal standing to claim that the effluent is a nuisance. No date has been set for a hearing.

The order is a setback for the tribe which just a week earlier had urged the justices to stay out of the fray.

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