June 14, 2017

Man could face millions in fines for plowing his own land

By Man could face millions in fines for plowing his own land

John Duarte of Duarte Nursery could be facing a $2.8 million fine for plowing his own field on his property in Tehama, California.

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Duarte Nursery v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

John Duarte and Duarte Nursery, in rural Tehama County, California, received a cease and desist order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for engaging in normal farming activities (i.e., plowing) that purportedly affected wetlands. Duarte was not permitted any type of hearing to defend himself.

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