WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that affects logging road construction in Oregon. It stems from a lawsuit that an environmental group in Portland brought against the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The Northwest Environmental Defense Center says, water runoff from construction sites that are now treated as runoff from farm fields should have a permit like the one needed from factories.
The group lost previously in federal court, but won an appeal. The timber industry says requiring permits would cost timberland owners and logging companies too much money.