Wow. Just one more example of the government milking people for doing nothing wrong….Hmmm.
One California man is facing a $2.8 million fine for farming his own land! John Duarte, the owner of Duarte Nursery, planted wheat fields on his property, and is now being punished by the federal and state government regulators. He believes it is in retaliation for a due process claim that he filed against them.
Duarte stated,“Because we work for the Pacific Legal Foundation here in California and filed a due process, a fifth amendment civil right suit against the government for sending me cease and desist notice without any form of hearing, without getting the facts right to begin with, they retaliated with a $2.8 million law suit against me.”
In 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a cease-and-desist notice after an engineer who assessed Duarte’s land determined it was being tilled too deeply.
Duarte said he is being prosecuted under the Clean Water Act which adopted a rule allowing farmers to plow their own land so long as plowing does not turn a wetland into dryland.
“What they are contending at this point is that my four to seven inch plowing, the same type of plowing that we growers use all over America every day, either required a permit that has never been issued for a wheat grower before or that I should have conducted practices such as farming around the vernal pools,” Duarte said.
According to the Northern California farmer, the Federal attorney told Duarte’s tractor operator why the government filed a retaliatory Federal destruction of wetland lawsuit against Duarte.
Duarte claims that the federal prosecutor stated, “Well, they are suing us so we are suing them back.”