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Will Sackett v. EPA Clarify the Scope of Federal Regulatory Jurisdiction Over Wetlands?

Jonathan Adler of Reason breaks down the case of Sackett v. EPA.

The C3 Take
  • The Supreme Court will hear the case of Sackett v. EPA, the ruling of which could have a significant impact on the EPA’s authority to regulate private property under the Clean Water Act.
  • Strong private property rights protections are a critical component to any free-functioning society and encourage conservation and environmentally-friendly practices.
  • Policymakers at the state and federal levels should actively look for ways to bolster private property rights to reach our environmental objectives.

“Should the Court’s decision provide greater certainty about the outer limits of federal regulatory authority, this would help clarify where federal authority ends and exclusive state regulatory authority begins. This would put the onus on state governments to adopt conservation measures within their jurisdiction, but would also make it easier for states to act.”

Read the full article here.

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