The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads. In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.
Environmental groups in Oregon filed the case.
They argued that muddy water flowing from ditches into forest streams, harms fish, and should be considered industrial pollution.
In a 7-1 decision the Court said it would defer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s read of the law.