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Alabama developer pleads guilty to wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer accused of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has pleaded guilty in federal court.

The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release, said William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., pleaded yesterday to the unpermitted filling of wetlands near Bay St. Louis, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Miller admitted to having caused the excavation and filling of wetlands at 10 locations on a 1,710-acre parcel of undeveloped property without getting permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Authorities say Miller faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for March 17 before Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.

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