North Idaho couple fighting EPA over "dream house" land

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 7:42 PM

PRIEST LAKE, Idaho-- A North Idaho couple continues to battle with a federal agency over the right to build their dream home. The EPA claims the land is a protected wet land, while the family contests that is not the case.

It is a legal battle that circles around this three fourths of an acre in Priest Lake Idaho between the Sackett family and the EPA. And it’s drawing the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mike Sackett and his wife Chantal have been trying to build their home since 2007 but the EPA arrived before even the foundation could be poured.

Mike says they were issued a compliance order that said they needed to return the land to its original state or be fined $37,500 a day.

The fines now total over $100 million despite the Sackets claiming they were never told their property were wetlands.

The Sackets turned to the local courts and the 9th district court for help.

They were denied after rulings that they could not sue the EPA.

Their case was taken to the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year for a certain ruling.

The EPA will not comment.
 

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