This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that will impact small businesses and potentially subject them to expensive lawsuits and unnecessary government red tape. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear the case of County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Although this case is focused on “[w]hether the Clean Water Act requires a permit when pollutants originate from a point source” but end up underground, it could greatly impact small businesses.
This case, at its core, is centered on the expansion of federal government regulation. Not only could the change subject existing businesses to expensive fees and compliance costs, but it could also deter small businesses from operating in certain areas because of the potential for financial repercussions.
Although it’s important to protect the environment, when pursued via government regulation, policymakers should be careful not to negatively impact our country’s biggest job creators.
The Supreme Court has a lot of decisions to make. Hopefully they keep small businesses in mind for this one.