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Idaho Developer Convicted of Clean Water Act Violations

Release Date: 09/28/2005
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Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-4355 /

(9/28/05) C. Lynn Moses, a developer from Eastern Idaho, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho on Sept. 15 on three counts of violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). The violations occurred from 2002-2004 as the defendant was involved in developing property adjacent to Teton Creek. While developing the land, he supervised a continuing effort to use heavy equipment to manipulate the stream bed of the creek, which is a tributary of the Snake River. Prior to undertaking steam modification, Moses refused to submit an application for a dredge and fill permit required under the CWA. In addition, he failed to comply with an EPA administrative order to stop all discharges of dredge and fill material into the creek. When sentenced, Moses could receive a maximum potential sentence of up to three years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. The case was investigated by the Boise Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the Army Corps of Engineers and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Idaho.