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.

Let’s get something straight about the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act does not contain “loopholes” allowing millions of stream miles to go unprotected, as this misleading editorial states.  Nor did the U.S. Supreme Court create such loopholes. The Clean Water Act expressly prohibits the discharge of a … Continue reading

Interview regarding “waters of the United States” rule

Yesterday, I was interviewed on the Bill Meyer radio show (KMED) about the controversial Clean Water Act regulation sometimes referred to as the WOTUS rule.  The recent decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the rule nationwide–because … Continue reading

Court panel denies government motion to consolidate Clean Water Act suits

When the Corps of Engineers and the EPA issued their radical interpretation of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act in June, ten suits were immediately filed in separate federal district courts throughout the country.  These suits, … Continue reading

Appeals Court puts nationwide skids on controversial Clean Water Act rule

Today the 6th Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the Corps and EPA’s drastic new rule redefining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control and regulation under the Clean Water Act.  The rule was issued June 29, 2015, … Continue reading

Supreme Court scheduled to consider important Clean Water Act cases

Thomas Jefferson warned, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”  That warning applies full force to the Clean Water Act.  Under the Act, the government can “federalize” private property by declaring the … Continue reading

Clean Water Act case gets another boost in the Supreme Court of the United States

I myself am often surprised at life’s little quirks.”  Westley to Buttercup, The Princess Bride Months ago, we filed a petition for review in the Supreme Court in a case called Kent Recycling v. Corps of Engineers to protect landowners … Continue reading

Clean Water Rule – the court giveth, the court taketh away

Last week a federal district court in North Dakota issued an injunction staying enforcement of the Corps and EPA’s new rule redefining “waters of the United States.”  In response to a challenge from 13 states, the court held the new … Continue reading