Supreme Court Rules Against EPA in Sacket WOTUS Case
The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against the Environmental Protection Agency in the case Sackett vs. EPA regarding the Biden administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The court stated that wetlands under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act must have a continuous surface connection to bodies of water, making it difficult to determine where the water ends, and the wetland begins.
“The justices respect private property rights,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “It’s now time for the Biden administration to do the same and rewrite the Waters of the United States Rule.”
“I am deeply disappointed that the court seemingly is taking away EPA’s ability that has been standing for 50 years,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan, “but we’re going to have to take a close look at that.”
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was pleased with the decision. “This landmark decision from the Supreme Court is a clear demonstration of our nation’s commitment to upholding the principles of individual property rights,” said Newhouse.
Agricultural Retailers Association President and CEO Daren Coppock added, “The decision finally restores common sense back into WOTUS regulation.”