Wetlands lose some environmental protections in new Supreme Court ruling

Friday, May 26, 2023 - 07:03 in Earth & Climate

A sign outside of the US Supreme Court before a rally to call for protection of the Clean Water Act on October 3, 2022. As the term began, the court was hearing arguments in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images On May 25, the Supreme Court of the United States cut back the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate wetlands in another setback for the landmark Clean Water Act. In the 5 to 4 ruling, the court said that the law does not allow the EPA to regulate the discharges into the wetlands that are near a body of water, unless the wetland has a unless they have “a continuous surface connection” to those waters.  [Related: The EPA’s roll back of the...

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