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Simpson Statement on Sackett v. EPA Decision

Simpson Statement on Sackett v. EPA Decision

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to side with the Sacketts, an Idaho couple who wanted to build a home on their own property, and limit federal jurisdiction over wetlands under the Clean Water Act:

“This decision will bring the regulation of the Clean Water Act closer to the Trump Administration’s 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a rule that I helped write that actually worked for rural America.   When the EPA announced its intention to replace the Navigable Waters Protection Rule with a new rule greatly expanding the federal government’s reach, I warned that this pending Supreme Court decision would likely send them back to the drawing board anyway,” said Simpson.

“I am glad to see the Court provide needed clarity on this issue.  The EPA simply cannot continue in its attempt to regulate every puddle, ditch, and stream in this country.  This decision is a victory for Idaho and the many property owners, farmers, and ranchers who are left to deal with the very real consequences of regulatory uncertainty.”