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April 11, 2019

The Hill: It’s time for the Supreme Court to end regulators’ abuse of Clean Water Act rule

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 11, 2019. For years, federal regulators harassed U.S. Navy veteran Joe Robertson, charging him with violating the Clean Water Act for digging ponds on private property and subjecting him to ongoing legal proceedings. They even put him in prison for a year and a half. Robertson, 80, died ...

April 10, 2019

Property owners have the right to a fair hearing first

This article was originally published by The Daily Journal on April 10, 2019. It is coauthored by Paul Beard who is an environmental and land-use attorney who co-leads Alston & Bird's Environmental Appellate Litigation Team and its Coastal Land Use Team. Should government agencies have the power to issue multi-million-dollar fines against hom ...

April 08, 2019

The Hill: The ‘competitor’s veto’ is killing entrepreneurship — but that may end this year

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 8, 2019.  It's true that businesses never welcome competition, but imagine if they had the statutory authority to shut out new enterprises. That twisted scenario is reality in over half of states, where entrepreneurs in the medical and transportation industries essentially must ask their c ...

April 07, 2019

Salt Lake Tribune: Why punish people who try to clean up pollution? Here’s a better way forward.

This article was originally published by The Salt Lake Tribune on April 7, 2019.  In 2015, the Animas River in Colorado turned orange as three million gallons of water containing high concentrations of heavy metals and other toxins gushed from a site where the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was attempting to clean up an abandoned ...

April 01, 2019

Fox News: Beware the false promise of rent control

This article was originally published by Fox News on March 30, 2019.  Rent control does not work. That's one of the most settled issues in economics, one widely accepted across the ideological spectrum. Yet politicians continue to peddle rent control with a seemingly willful ignorance. Oregon is the most recent state to embrace the rent control ...

April 01, 2019

The Hill: To improve environmental protection, give states more skin in the game

This article was originally published in The Hill on April 1, 2019.  President Trump's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year calls for a significant reduction in funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In this respect, Trump is a lot like his predecessor — the Obama administration also sought cuts to the Corps's bloated construc ...