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Sierra Club v. Strock

ELR Citation: 37 ELR 20188
Nos. No. 03 23427 CV, (S.D. Fla., 07/13/2007)

A district court set aside permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to members of the limestone mining industry to conduct mining in water conservation areas in Florida. Keeping limestone products available for purchase from local producers and collecting funds from mining companies to be used to acquire wetlands for restoration did not outweigh the risk of contaminating well fields, destroying wetlands and habitat for endangered wood stork, and potentially damaging seepage impacts that had yet to be fully studied. The court, therefore, set aside the permits under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.