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Environmental Update

OPB | March 26, 2012 9:25 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11:22 p.m.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Idaho landowners who sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a plot of land they hope to build on. But the decision doesn’t mean that the couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, will be able to start building.

The dispute started back in 2007 when the EPA informed the Sacketts they could not build on their recently purchased plot because the property was designated as a wetland. The Supreme Court case wasn’t about whether the Sacketts could build on the land. Instead, it was about whether they could dispute the land’s classification as a wetland. According to the Sacketts, their property doesn’t count as a wetland. The court unanimously ruled that the Sacketts, and other property owners, can challenge the EPA over compliance orders as soon as those orders are issued.

That still leaves a long road ahead for the Sacketts, who will now take part in a legal battle over the designation of their property as a wetland.

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