Priest Lake in Idaho. Chad Riley / Stockbyte / Getty Images
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A U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday will further limit the regulatory reach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by implementing a strict new test for the declaration of wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
The case involved a couple, Chantell and Michael Sacket, who had purchased property in Idaho with plans to build a home there. When they began to refill an excavated hole on their land with dirt in preparation to build their home, they were told by the EPA that backfilling their lot was prohibited under the CWA because the property contained wetlands.
At dispute was…