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  • Scribecast: How One Couple Took on EPA and Ended Up at Supreme Court

    Mike and Chantell Sackett just wanted to build their dream home in the Idaho panhandle. Instead, they’re headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency, which claims their property is wetlands. The case is among the most watched before the court this year.

    Justices will hear the Sacketts’ case Monday. At issue is whether citizens like the Sacketts have recourse to challenge the EPA’s actions in a court of law. Lower courts have said they don’t, but Supreme Court justices want to settle the issue.

    On this week’s Scribecast, we spoke to Damien Schiff, senior staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. He’ll be arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

    Listen to the interview with Damien Schiff on this week’s Scribecast

    Schiff explained how the Sacketts found themselves under assault from EPA bureaucrats and what a decision would mean for individual liberty. If the Sacketts prevail at the Supreme Court, it means they would be able to take the EPA to court.

    In 2005, the Sacketts bought their home in Priest Lake, ID, subdivision for $23,000. They ran into trouble after obtaining building permits for their three-bedroom home. Upon laying gravel, the EPA swooped in threatened the Sacketts with fines if they didn’t comply with the government’s order.

    Their case prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to hold a congressional hearing in which they testified last year.

    The podcast runs about eight minutes. It was produced with the help of David Weinberger. Listen to previous interviews on Scribecast or subscribe to future episodes.

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    4 Responses to Scribecast: How One Couple Took on EPA and Ended Up at Supreme Court

    1. JNobleDagget says:

      This will be a great win. How can the EPA not have to answer for the actions in Court? Even if they win, time for Congress to rein these clowns in.

    2. Bobbie says:

      trap! where's the line of ethics? there should be no trouble from government through the epa, after obtaining government permits! If the government failed information regarding the EPA the government is deeply connected with, then they take the loss. Had things been on the up and up the Sackets may have had a change of mind before buying the land. How dare the government punish the Sackets that what is within the control of government failed to do their job, competently! More cost and trouble where government and their special interest have no constitutional authority. The epa abuses their reason to act as adjudicator given by a government that doesn't represent us but pretends by taking our money… too much unnecessary, needless authority.

    3. allen says:

      Why does this surprise anyone. Just read the history on Jackson Hole Wyo. The Cronies get to build on the land. Why does the GOV. own all this land anyway it belongs to the people?

    4. One2Stupid says:

      Here in the West, governments own the States. In Arizona, 87% of all the land is owned by some governmental agency. The "Libs" are still trying to get the Arizona taxpayers to buy more land for "open Space". More room for the endangered Santa Rita slug. How did we ever get so screwed up? Remember to vote and contribute to your favorite candidate. Let us turn this country around!

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