Supreme Court Could Review Forest Road Stormwater Case

Logging and other forest roads currently are regulated as nonpoint sources of pollution, with best management practices used to control stormwater. However, based on a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, these roads could require stormwater permits unless the case goes before the Supreme Court, as requested by Oregon and forest industry interests. A Congressional appropriations bill currently bars requirements for stormwater permits on forest roads during fiscal year 2012, but what will happen at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, might be decided by the Supreme Court.

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