Army Corps Wrongly Approved Wetland Fills, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (November 21, 2012, 7:09 PM EST) -- A Mississippi federal judge on Wednesday vacated a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for a state highway project in a suit alleging the project destroyed 162 acres of wetlands, saying the Corps insufficiently addressed mitigation requirements before granting the permit.

U.S. District Judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden granted summary judgment to property owners Ward Gulfport Properties LP and T. Gerard Gulfport LLC in their suit challenging the Corps' issuance of a Clean Water Act permit to the Mississippi Department of Transportation in August 2009. In siding...
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