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Feds drop environmental case against Squaw Valley resort

The Associated Press

RENO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will not pursue criminal action against Squaw Valley USA for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.

The announcement by the Justice Department comes nearly two years after armed agents raided the Sierra Nevada ski resort.

The decision was announced by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Tice-Raskin, but he refused to explain or elaborate.

“Squaw Valley is pleased that the EPA’s investigation has concluded without finding a single violation of any federal water quality law,” said Nancy Wendt, president of Squaw Valley Ski Corp.

“The raid turned our company upside-down,” she said. “We have had to operate for almost two years without our original records and with a staff traumatized by the incursion by armed federal agents flashing their revolvers in our offices.”

The U.S. attorney’s decision has no effect on a lawsuit filed in January against the resort by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. That lawsuit claims, among other things, that Squaw Valley polluted Squaw Creek with sediment during construction of new ski lifts.

Wendt said the resort has spent $800,000 defending itself against the accusations and expressed disappointment that California continues to accuse Squaw Valley of illegal pollution.

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