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Supreme Court Limits Federal Power Over Wetlands, Boosts Property Rights Over Clean Water


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The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for the federal government to police water pollution in a decision that strips protections from wetlands that are isolated from larger bodies of water.

It's the second decision in as many years in which a conservative majority of the court narrowed the reach of environmental regulations.

 

The justices boosted property rights over concerns about clean water in a ruling in favor of an Idaho couple who sought to build a house near Priest Lake in the state’s panhandle. They objected when federal officials identified a soggy portion of the property as a wetlands that required them to get a permit before building.

By a 5-4 vote, the court said that wetlands can only be regulated if they have a “continuous surface connection” to larger, regulated bodies of water.

The court jettisoned the 17-year-old opinion by their former colleague, Anthony Kennedy, that allowed regulation of wetlands that have a “significant nexus” to the larger waterways.:snip:

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1 hour ago, Geee said:
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The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for the federal government to police water pollution in a decision that strips protections from wetlands that are isolated from larger bodies of water.

It's the second decision in as many years in which a conservative majority of the court narrowed the reach of environmental regulations.

Remember There Is No Difference between the 2 Parties.

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