LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Los Angeles County contesting a court ruling that it's responsible for storm water pollution.
The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting the county flood control district's appeal.
Several environmental groups sued in 2008 to hold the county responsible for the billions of gallons of polluted runoff in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers.
Last year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county violated a Clean Water Act permit when excessive pollution was detected.
In a statement, the county says the Supreme Court's decision to not take up the case was "disturbing." The county says the issue will be returned to U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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