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EPA grinds Idaho couple into the mud --

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In 2005, Mike and Chantell Sackett bought a piece of land in Idaho, and set about building a modest home on their $23,000 lot. The dreadful flaming eye of the Environmental Protection Agency soon turned upon them, and they were told their little half-acre parcel of land, which is located about five hundred feet away from a lake, was a federally protected wetland.

If you’re familiar with the EPA, you can guess what happened next. As Bloomberg Businessweek reported in April 2011:

The Sacketts say they were stunned. The owners of an excavation company, they had secured all the necessary local permits. And Chantell Sackett says that before work began, she drove two hours to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to consult with an Army Corps of Engineers official. She says the official told her orally, though not in writing, that she didn’t need a federal permit. “We did all the right things,” she says.

The EPA issued an order requiring the Sacketts to put the land back the way it was, removing the piles of fill material and replanting the vegetation they had cleared away. The property was to be fenced off and the Sacketts would be required to submit annual reports about its condition to the EPA. The agency threatened to fine them up to $32,500 a day until they complied.

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God damned EPA. Everything is a "wetland" for their purposes.

"Into every life a little rain must fall"... and then they'll own you, too.

They must be stopped. It will take more than just a less ideological President, both houses of Congress need to be voted out, the Courts need to be reaquainted with the Founders' intent for the Constitution, the schools need to stop teaching this as an ideal.... we have a lot of work to do. Thanks again, evw, for the disturbing latest-breaking news in Environmentalist rapacity.

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The Constitution is under full, frontal assault now - being beaten about the face and neck. Most Americans don't really seem to care, either. Property rights, eh.. 4th Amendment - fooey.

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