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October 2007

On October 9, 2007, the Yakima County Superior Court upheld a ruling by the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) that an intended transfer of an industrial water right to the City of Union Gap did not occur soon enough to avoid relinquishment. In an article in the Western Water Law & Policy Reporter, Tupper Mack Wells attorney Sarah Mack examines the court’s affirmance of the PCHB’s conclusion that the City’s plan to acquire the water rights of a defunct slaughterhouse was not sufficiently “definite” by the time the five‐year relinquishment period had expired. For more information, contact Sarah Mack at mack@tmw-law.com.

  • To review the complete article, click here.
  • See the February 2006 issue of the Western Water Law & Policy Reporter for a discussion of the PCHB ruling in the Union Gap case, 10 West. Water L. & Pol’y Rptr. 98 (Feb. 2006).