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Monday, February 07, 2011

Environment - "Supreme Court's Murky Clean Water Act Ruling Created Legal Quagmire" [Updated]

This long story by Lawrence Hurley, the first of a valuable 3-part series in the NY Times "on muddled federal wetland regulations," complete with links to all the related documents, will not surprise environmental lawyers, as the first paragraph makes clear:

Lawyers rarely agree on anything, but here's an exception: They all say the Supreme Court bungled Rapanos v. United States, a major wetlands case, almost five years ago.

Attorneys representing all interested parties say lower court judges, regulators, the business community and individual landowners continue to suffer as a result of the confusion sown by the justices whose main job is to provide clarity in the law.

[Updated 2/9/11] See also this entry by Jonathan H. Adler of the Volokh Conspiracy.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 7, 2011 07:32 PM
Posted to Environment