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Wetlands: Challenging A Federal Compliance Order

In a much watched case, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision on March 21, 2012, allowing recipients of an Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrative compliance order under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to appeal such order. See Sackett v. EPA, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 2320 (U.S. Mar. 21, 2012). While the story of Chantell and Michael Sackett’s (Sacketts) home construction may not occur in utility trenches, their legacy will provide a method to seek judicial review of EPA’s compliance orders that are issued under the CWA’s authority. (more)

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