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Idaho couple’s clash with the EPA heard by U.S. Supreme Court

Idaho couple’s clash with the EPA heard by U.S. Supreme Court

Mitch Coffman
January 10, 2012
Mitch Coffman
January 10, 2012

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard a case from a couple from Priest Lake, Idaho, involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The issue began in 2005 when Michael and Chantell Sackett purchased property in Priest Lake planning to build their dream home. Not long after applying for building permits, the EPA went after the couple claiming their property rested on wetlands and told them to remove “unauthorized” fill material or face possible fines of up to $37,500 per day.

The Sacketts challenged the EPA, believing their land, which is in a subdivision, is not wetlands.

Some of the justices hearing testimony Monday seemed to side with the Sacketts, with Justice Samuel Alito calling the EPA’s actions “outrageous” and its actions “high-handedness.”

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