A federal judge held Tuesday that Crown Resources violated the federal clean water laws more than 3,000 times while operating the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in Okanogan County, Washington, which allegedly released pollutants to groundwater and nearby streams.

Judge Mary K. Dimke issued an order in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, finding the manufacturing company partially liable under the federal Clean Water Act, as stipulated by the parties. The order further grants the parties’ stipulated motion to expedite in the ongoing citizen suit against Crown Resources, the order said.

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