August 27, 2015

PLF defends small farmer from big-time EPA bullying on Courting Liberty

By PLF defends small farmer from big-time EPA bullying on Courting Liberty

Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson built a stock pond with state approval. The EPA is threatening him with astronomical fines of $37,500 per day.

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Andy Johnson is being forced to dismantle his stock pond – even though it benefits the environment, and even though EPA has no jurisdiction over livestock ponds…

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Johnson v. Environmental Protection Agency

Andy Johnson built a stock pond on his Wyoming property to provide safer, more reliable access to water for his small herd of cattle. More than the cows benefitted: The pond created wetlands, habitat for fish and wildlife, and cleans the water that passes through it. Nonetheless, the federal EPA accused Johnson of violating the Clean Water Act, demanded that he rip out the pond, and threatened him with fines of $37,500 per day if he did not comply. PLF represented Johnson in a lawsuit against the EPA because “stock ponds” are explicitly exempted from Clean Water Act jurisdiction. The government agreed to settle – the pond stays and Johnson pays no fine so long as he plants willows around the pond and builds temporary fencing to limit the cattle’s access.

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