Idaho couple appeals government wetlands ruling on property

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho couple whose lawsuit against the U.S Environmental Protection Agency was kept alive by a U.S. Supreme Court decision has filed an appeal after losing that lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

Mike and Chantell Sackett on Thursday appealed the case about their future home site being declared "protected wetlands" to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court in 2012 reversed lower court rulings prohibiting the couple from challenging the EPA order labeling the site as wetlands.

Major business groups, homebuilders, road builders and agricultural interests joined the Sacketts in urging the court to make it easier to challenge EPA compliance orders.

In March, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge ruled that the Sackett's property contains wetlands subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

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