- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming farmer is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a stock pond.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1NLS4fb ) that Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger claims that the EPA overreached when it told him the pond he built violated the Clean Water Act and had to be removed.

California-based Pacific Legal Foundation filed the federal lawsuit on Thursday.

Lawyers for Johnson say the EPA told him he’s subject to possible fines of up to $37,500 a day for the pond. They say state officials had issued a permit before the pond was built in 2013.

Julia P. Valentine is spokeswoman for the EPA in Washington, D.C. She says federal agencies have been trying for months to resolve issues with Johnson and haven’t made any final determinations regarding possible penalties.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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