The Pacific Legal Foundation announced this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with a Fort Bridger, Wyo. resident who built a stock pond on his own property. The EPA had threatened Andy Johnson with tens of millions of dollars in fines. Johnson contested the EPA’s authority.
“Under the settlement, the Johnson family’s pond will remain; they won't pay any fines; they don't concede any federal jurisdiction to regulate their pond; and the government won't pursue any further enforcement actions based on the pond's construction,” according to a release from Pacific Legal Foundation.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has supported Johnson in his fight against the EPA since it began in 2013.
“It’s nice to see the EPA put in check a little bit. All the worry and angst that Mr. Johnson and his family had to go through, and even the embarrassment that the EPA should be experiencing right now, could easily have been avoided if only the EPA would follow the law instead of trying to make new laws on its own,” said Enzi. “I appreciate Mr. Johnson’s determination to stand up to a bully. I’ll continue to work in the Senate to see that the EPA and other federal agencies that are expanding beyond their authority are no longer able to.”
The legal foundation release can be accessed here.