High court to consider Army Corps' decision on wetlands

High court to consider Army Corps' decision on wetlands

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider the rights of businesses & landowners that the Army Corps of Engineers has determined are subject to the federal Clean Water Act.

The justices said Friday they will hear an appeal from a Minnesota company that says it has no effective means to challenge the Corps' decision that a peat bog is off limits for mining because it contains protected wetlands.

Hawkes Company, Inc. says it can't contest the government's determination without applying for a permit that costs more than $270,000 & takes years to process. A federal appeals court sided with the company, saying it could file a legal challenge.

p>The Obama administration had urged the high court to take up the case, saying it affects thousands of similar decisions annually.

Source: “Associated Press”