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Timber Companies Avoid Legal Aggravation

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could mean fewer complications for Oregon timber companies. The high court ruled that water runoff from logging roads it not considered pollution. That reverses a ruling by a federal appeals court.

The president of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, Dave Schott, says it will allow timber companies to continue work without having to jump through some legal hoops, “It eliminates a lot of concern, and yeah, the red tape that would have ensued would have been getting permits and permits for every log trucks someone operated, and it would have been very, very restrictive.”

In December, the Environmental Protection Agency clarified its position, and said water runoff from logging roads did not qualify as pollution.