About Reed Hopper

Mr. Hopper is a principal attorney in PLF’s Environmental Law Practice Group. He oversees the foundation’s Endangered Species Act Program and PLF’s Clean Water Act Project.

PLF petitions “unprecedented and sweeping” Endangered Species Act case to U.S. Supreme Court

In February, 2013, PLF filed suit in federal court on behalf of Markle Interests, LLC., challenging the designation of the landowners’ property as “critical habitat” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act. “Critical habitat” is … Continue reading

The Nation’s WOTUS problem!

In response to the President’s Executive Order directing the EPA to revise the controversial rule redefining “waters of the United States” issued in 2015, EPA proposes to withdraw the rule, codify preexisting rules and guidance, and then issue a new … Continue reading

Running down the controlling opinion in Rapanos v. United States

In February of this year, the President signed  an Executive Order calling for the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to review and revise the government’s ill-fated definition of “waters of the United States” published in June, 2015. That definition … Continue reading

Briefing on WOTUS Rule begins in Supreme Court

On behalf of landowners, we filed our initial challenge to the Army Corps and EPA  “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” rule in the Federal District Court of Minnesota in 2015. That case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. … Continue reading

WOTUS suit goes forward in the Supreme Court

In our last WOTUS update, we informed you that the President recalled the infamous WOTUS rule redefining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act and directed DOJ and the EPA to revise the rule in accordance with … Continue reading

The Administration calls for review of flawed WOTUS rule!

The President issued an Executive Order today calling for the EPA to review and revise the indefensible Army Corps and EPA rule redefining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act. I can … Continue reading

Over the top “critical habitat” regulations at risk of extinction

In a recent post, I discussed our Markle case in which PLF sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for grossly exceeding its authority under the Endangered Species Act. In June of 2012, the Service blatantly ignored the express language … Continue reading

Gopher frog case to the Supreme Court

Four years ago, PLF filed suit in federal court on behalf of landowners, Markle Interests, LLC., whose property was designated “critical habitat” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under the Endangered Species Act, “critical habitat” includes only those areas … Continue reading