Judge blocks EPA rule

The green industry scored a minor victory when a judge blocked President Obama’s push to extend the EPA’s reach to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules.

The issue was a point of emphasis for the National Assoication of Landscape Professionals at its Day on the Hill last month. NALP’s position was:
“Under the rule, permits maybe required for activities such as removing debris and vegetation from a ditch, applying pesticides, and building a fence or pond or be required by cities when discharging pollutants. Permitting can be a costly and time-consuming process that requires small businesses to hire attorneys and environmental consultants. In addition, the future development potential of certain land may be affected, which could diminish its value. Businesses also could be subjected to litigation under citizen suit provisions of the CWA.”
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