Army Corps Can Block Precon's Wetlands Development

Law360, Chicago (November 19, 2013, 9:54 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge quashed Precon Development Corp Inc.’s long-running challenge to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to bar the real estate developer from filling in wetlands for a housing development, reaching on Monday the same conclusion she did before the Fourth Circuit remanded the case.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith issued an opinion granting summary judgment to the Corps, finding it had shown a “significant nexus” between the wetlands at issue and a nearby river to establish its jurisdiction under the Clean...
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