High Court Splits on Clean Water Act Case

The Supreme Court produces a split decision over the protection of wetlands areas. The justices decided 5-4 that regulators may have misinterpreted the federal Clean Water Act when they refused to allow two Michigan property owners to build on wetlands they own.

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In Rapanos v. United States, the Supreme Court voided rulings against Keith Carabell and John Rapanos, who wanted to fill wetlands they owned near Lake St. Clair in Macomb County, Mich. Carabell wanted to build condos on wetlands his late wife owned about a mile from the lake. Rapanos wanted to put a shopping mall on his property, which is about 20 miles from the lake.

The justices could not reach a consensus on whether government may extend protections for wetlands miles away from waterways.

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