Idaho Couple Prepares for Arguments in Landmark Case Against EPA


An Idaho couple will be spending much of this week in the nation's capital, preparing with their attorney for an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chantell and Mike Sackett of Priest Lake are taking on no less than the federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency in a landmark case concerning environmental property. The feds claimed the Sacketts had illegally filled in a half-acre lot with dirt and rocks in preparation for building a home. The EPA said the property was protected wetlands and began fining the Sacketts $30,000 per day.

Next Monday, Jan. 9, the Supreme Court will consider the Sackets' case that the EPA has gone too far. When the high court rules, it should have wide-reaching implications since the EPA issues nearly 3,000 administrative compliance orders each year.