Missouri man accused of filling in wetlands

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri man faces a federal charge accusing him of violating federal law when he filled in a wetlands area outside Kansas City.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri says a grand jury on Wednesday indicted 60-year-old David Obermeyer of Independence for violating the Clean Water Act by filling in wetlands at a Jackson County development site next to the Missouri River.

Prosecutors say Obermeyer’s accused of filling in about 6.6 acres without authorization from September 2011 through September 2014.

Obermeyer said Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency has not responded to requests from his engineer for information about the case. He also says he has farmed in the area for years and was unaware it was wetlands until federal authorities told him.

 

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