Environmental-protection case heads to Maine high court
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear the case of the state of Maine, et al. vs. Dubois Livestock Inc., et al. at 9:50 a.m. Oct. 13.
This case is going to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after Dubois Livestock argued the decision of the Superior Court that gave the Department of Environmental Protection unlimited access to inspect a property. The issues on appeal include whether the department should be required to obtain consent or a warrant to enter land instead of just a building, whether the department should be allowed to enter onto an adjacent farm not used by Dubois Livestock in its composting operation and whether the department's inspection of the properties violates Dubois Livestock's Fourth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
The original case revolved around the attempt to amend a compost facility license granted to Dubois Livestock by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court case number Yor-17-100