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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- Jessica Robinson: Inland Correspondent for OPB News