Alaska governor praises Idaho couple in EPA case

Alaska governor praises Idaho couple in EPA case

Mike and Chantell Sackett

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 9:18 AM

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday praised an Idaho couple who fought the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Parnell told a Resource Development Council luncheon in Anchorage that Mike and Chantell Sackett were courageous in fighting federal government overreach.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Sacketts, who challenged an EPA order blocking construction of their home. The couple contested a finding their lot contained wetlands regulated by the Clean Water Act and argued there was no reasonable way to challenge the finding. The court ruled they have a right to bring the matter before a judge.

The state of Alaska filed briefs in support of the Sacketts, who also spoke at the luncheon.

Parnell said judicial review of "capricious agency decisions" is a "constitutional birthright" worth fighting for.

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