By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
MILLBURNE — Andy Johnson’s stock pond put him in the sights of the EPA.
In an effort to make his acreage more productive and to take care of his animals, Johnson got approval from the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to build a stock pond, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stomped in demanding Johnson destroy his pond.
Threatened with fines up to $75,000 a day and criminal and civil charges, Tuesday morning Johnson recounted his “living nightmare” after the pond’s completion.
Johnson said he initially applied to the State Engineer’s office for his permit in 2011 and was able to build the pond in 2012. He even received a letter from the Engineer’s office, Johnson said, saying he was in good standing with the State as his “pond was exactly exercised as permitted.”
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