Alabama developer pleads not guilty to wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — Alabama real estate developer William R. Miller has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he illegally filled wetlands in Mississippi and violated the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into waters of the United States.

The Sun Herald reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker set a trial date for Feb. 4.

Walker also set a $25,000 unsecured bond that will allow Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., to remain free pending trial.

An indictment alleges Miller illegally filled an unspecified amount of Hancock County wetlands in 2007 while developing an office park west of Interstate 10 and Mississippi 603.

More than 80 percent of the land was federally protected wetlands when it was bought in 2001.

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