Environmentalists win in wetlands case
WASHINGTON, D.C. The federal government has the authority to regulate farming, mining or any other activity that might alter or destroy wetlands.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld that authority recently when it examined the case of a California farmer who was fined nearly $9 million for using a "deep ripping" technique to plow wetlands on his property without a permit.
Lawyers for Angelo Tsakopoulos had argued that plowing the wetlands was legal because the mud and dirt ripped ...
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