Family Beats EPA Facing $16 Million in Fines over Small Pond

Chalk one up for the little guys. After the Environmental Protection Agency tried to threaten a local welder with thousands of dollars daily fines, the man fought back, and came out on top.

A Wyoming man threatened with $16 million in fines over the building of a stock pond reached a settlement with the Environment Protection Agency, allowing him to keep the pond without a federal permit or hefty fine.

Andy Johnson, of Fort Bridger, Wyoming obtained a state permit before building the stock pond in 2012 on his sprawling nine-acre farm for a small herd of livestock.

Not long after contruction, the EPA threatened Johnson with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $37,500-a-day fine — claiming he needed the agency's permission before building the 40-by-300 foot pond, which is filled by a natural stream.
Johnson constructed his stock pond in 2012.
“It was very threatening,” Johnson, a professional welder and married father of four, said of the EPA's compliance order against him.

“I was shocked and devastated and I didn’t know what to do,” Johnson told Tuesday. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘I’m the only provider for my whole family. How can I fight this?'”

But fight it he did — and he won. This isn't just a win for the man and his pond, it's a win for all everyday Americans who are trying to get the government off their backs and out of their business.

Source: Fox News




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