Farmer must pay EPA $100K penalty, remove rock embankments

An Oregon farmer must pay a $100,000 civil penalty, remove two rock embankments and convert a field into a forest to settle a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit.

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 10:32 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2020 10:35 PM

SALEM, Ore. --- An Oregon farmer must pay a $100,000 civil penalty, remove two rock embankments and convert a field into a forest to settle a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit.

The Capital Press reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed the complaint against farmer Bill Case of Albany, saying he'd unlawfully reinforced the banks of the North Santiam River to prevent erosion.

The federal agency claimed that Case had created rock levees along the river in 2009, 2012 and 2013 without obtaining a Clean Water Act permit, which subjected him to penalties of up to $37,500 per day.

Case claimed the rock embankments were necessary to keep sediment from polluting the river and to prevent floodwaters from eventually eroding his field.

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