Minnesota Panel:  Court Erred In Finding Amish Community Discharged Polluted Water

(July 12, 2023, 1:43 PM EDT) -- SAINT PAUL, Minn. — A trial court erred in finding that a county ordinance requiring members of the local Amish community to maintain septic tanks for the purposes of disposing of household water was the least restrictive means of maintaining a compelling state interest of protecting local water from contamination because the evidence relied upon by the court was speculative on several issues, including whether the water was polluted, a Minnesota Court of Appeals panel held in reversing and remanding the trial court’s judgment....

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