NJ high court: DEP OK to fine Hunterdon couple

NJ high court: DEP OK to fine Hunterdon couple

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court says the state Environmental Protection Department was justified in fining a Hunterdon County couple for altering part of their property that was on protected wetlands.

Robert and Michelle Huber bought the property in Clinton in 1999. Acting on a complaint from a neighbor that the Hubers had placed fill on protected land, a DEP representative conducted a search of the property in 2002.

The agency fined the Hubers $4,500 and ordered them to return the land to its former condition.

The Hubers claimed the DEP searched their property without a required warrant or their consent.

In Thursday's opinion, the court cast doubt on the search but said even without it, there was ample evidence the Hubers violated environmental regulations.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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