Case Summary Citation

Hawkes Co. v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, No. 13- 107 ADM/TNL, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10680, 2017 WL 359170 (D. Minn. Jan. 24, 2017)


A peat mining company will not be required to obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act to discharge dredged and fill material into wetlands. The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota held that the United States Army Corps of Engineers fell short in its attempts to establish jurisdiction over the wetlands by twice failing to show a significant nexus existed between the wetlands and navigable waters. Further, the district court enjoined the Corps from asserting jurisdiction a third time because it would force the mining company through a “never ending loop” of administrative law.



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