DENVER — A federal agency has fined Vail Resorts $80,100 for violating the Clean Water Act during its development of new powder-skiing terrain, an amount environmentalists say is too low.
The Environmental Protection Agency had said it was considering a $200,000 fine against the ski resort, but announced the lesser fine late Friday.
"The fine is nothing. It should clearly be 10 or 20 times that much," Rocky Smith, of the environmental group Colorado Wild, said Saturday.
Smith said his group and others likely will protest, and said that in a Telluride wetlands case a federal judge rejected the EPA's first proposal.