In a major victory for farmers and private property rights, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have the authority to regulate any bodies of water it deems necessary.
The EPA restricted two Idaho residents from building near a wetland years ago even though it was their private property. The administrative agency cited the Clean Water Act of 1972, classifying the wetland as 'waters of the United States' (WOTUS) because they were near a ditch that fed into a creek.
The EPA's interpretation of the Act was unconstitutional, the court ruled. The decision helps limit the EPA's authority by clarifying that the federal government's WOTUS definition must be limited to waters with "continuous surface connection" to major bodies of water.
"Today is a great day for Wyoming, a great day for private property rights, and a great day for farmers and ranchers," said Wyoming Rep. Harriet Hageman. "It is, however, a sad day for unelected bureaucrats who think they should be able to dictate how we use our land and water."
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