Go Back   SZONE.US Forums > Current Events > News > The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation Since its founding in 1973, The Heritage Foundation has served as a research and educational institute -- a think tank -- whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense

The Heritage Foundation

Scribecast: How One Couple Took on EPA and Ended Up at Supreme Court

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread
Unread 01.07.12, 03:09 PM
@Heritage @Heritage is offline
Join Date: 06.09
Posts: 37,372
Scribecast: How One Couple Took on EPA and Ended Up at Supreme Court

On 01.07.12 07:10 AM posted by Rob Bluey

Mike and Chantell Sackett just wanted to build their dream home in the Idaho panhandle. Instead, they’re headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency, which claims their property is wetlands. The case is among the most watched before the court this year.

Justices will hear the Sacketts’ case Monday. At issue is whether citizens like the Sacketts have recourse to challenge the EPA’s actions in a court of law. Lower courts have said they don’t, but Supreme Court justices want to settle the issue.

On this week’s Scribecast, we spoke to Damien Schiff, senior staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. He’ll be arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Listen to the interview with Damien Schiff on this week’s Scribecast

Schiff explained how the Sacketts found themselves under assault from EPA bureaucrats and what a decision would mean for individual liberty. If the Sacketts prevail at the Supreme Court, it means they would be able to take the EPA to court.

In 2005, the Sacketts bought their home in Priest Lake, ID, subdivision for $23,000. They ran into trouble after obtaining building permits for their three-bedroom home. Upon laying gravel, the EPA swooped in threatened the Sacketts with fines if they didn’t comply with the government’s order.

Their case prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to hold a congressional hearing in which they testified last year.

The podcast runs about eight minutes. It was produced with the help of David Weinberger. Listen to previous interviews on Scribecast or subscribe to future episodes.

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2007 - 20017 SZONE.US All rights reserved