KUWR-FM: Elizabeth Wynne Johnson

Environment
3:24 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Scalia Calls EPA 'High-Handed' In Northwest Property Rights Case

Chantell and Mike Sackett of Priest River, Idaho were ordered to halt work on their home because the EPA says the plot is part of a wetland. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:47 pm

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia criticises the E-P-A for what he calls "high-handedness." His comments came during oral arguments Monday in the case of Sackett versus the Environmental Protection Agency.

The case involves a north Idaho couple, barred from building a home because the EPA has classified their property as a protected wetland. The landowners contend they've been denied due process.

For Chantell and Mike Sackett, this day was the culmination of four years in limbo.

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