Can We Expect a Nuanced Decision in the SCOTUS Wetlands Case?

The Supreme Court is now deciding on the 15-year old legal battle of Sackett v. EPA case which considers if building on a wetland is allowed.

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If you were in SCOTUS's shoes, how would you interpret the Clean Water Act's wetlands protections?

Next Tuesday, October 18th marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. What’s its anniversary present? A 15 year long legal battle that is now being decided in the Supreme Court. The case in question is called Sackett v. EPA, and it concerns whether or not Chantell and Michael Sackett were allowed to build a home on a wetland in Idaho, or if they first needed a permit under the Clean Water Act. Many observers predicted the Supreme Court would definitively rule against the EPA in this case, but after oral arguments on October 3, the outcome may turn out to be more nuanced. Ethan breaks down the history of Sackett v. EPA and the key takeaways from oral arguments in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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