WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will consider the rights of businesses and landowners that the Army Corps of Engineers has determined are subject to the federal Clean Water Act.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court will consider the rights of businesses and landowners that the Army Corps of Engineers has determined are subject to the federal Clean Water Act.

The justices said Friday they will hear an appeal from a Minnesota company that says it no effective means to challenge the Corps' decision that a peat bog is off limits for mining because it contains protected wetlands.

Hawkes Company, Inc. says it can't contest the government's determination without applying for a permit that costs more than $270,000 and takes years to process. A federal appeals court sided with the company, saying it could file a legal challenge.

The Obama administration had urged the high court to take up the case, saying it affects thousands of similar decisions annually.