Wetlands litigation resolved.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency have never been the best of friends. Nevertheless, under the provisions of the 1972 Clean Water Act, they are jointly responsible for protecting the nation's remaining wetlands. Interagency conflict moved from the back room into the courtroom last year when the EPA reversed an Army Corps-approved permit that would have allowed 32 acres of Massachusetts wetlands to be developed as a shopping mall. The developer sued EPA, and the ensuing court battle was viewed by many as a test of agency authority over wetlands policy. This month, in a victory for environmentalists, a Federal judge upheld the EPA's right to overrule such permits on environmental grounds.
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|Title Annotation:||Environmental Protection Agency wins suit against Massachusetts developer|
|Date:||Oct 24, 1987|
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