Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court reportedly ruled in favor of an Idaho couple seeking to construct a home on land that the Environmental Protection Agency had designated as a protected wetland under a landmark federal anti-pollution statute.
The Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s judgment against Chantell and Mike Sackett, which had upheld the EPA’s determination that their property near a lake contained 1972 Clean Water Act-protected wetlands.
Breaking news: The Supreme Court on Thursday cut back the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the nation’s wetlands and waterways, another setback for the agency’s authority to combat pollution. https://t.co/XVa5ItHCeE
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 25, 2023
This was the court’s most recent instance of upholding a challenge to the EPA’s regulatory authority in the environmental arena under existing law.
The ramifications of the new ruling will likely be seen as a major blow to the agencies authority.
This story is developing…