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-- justices today heard arguments on a case -- individual property rights -- environmental law.
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Our story is David.
Might -- -- -- say they bought their dream -- a whole lot got local permits and started prepping for construction.
Then the Environmental Protection Agency informed them the landlocked property was a wetland and issued a compliance order mandating that they return -- -- to its original condition.
Or risk facing fines starting at 37500.
Dollars per day.
After the EPA denied without explanation there -- quest for hearing this jackets took the case to federal court.
Yes we are fighting for ourselves -- bigger than that.
We're fighting for everyone else in this country -- property we believe property owners have their right to their day in court and the EPA has been subject to the rule of the law.
The EPA argues that the issue should have been handled administratively not in the court system.
In its brief in support of the EPA the natural resources defense council said the sack it's quote.
Should not be rewarded for failing to utilize the multiple administrative processes that they could and should have followed to achieve a resolution of their concerns.
During today's arguments justice Elena Kagan questioned whether the sack it's -- avoided this legal battle by pursuing a weapons permit quote.
Couldn't you have gotten a legal determination that you want it through that process the -- -- say it would make no sense for them to launch a costly and time consuming quest for weapons permit.
When they argue their lot isn't a wetland at all.
Justice Samuel Alito was one of several justices who seemed to empathize with their plight asking the government's lawyer quote.
Don't you think most ordinary homeowners with say this kind of thing can't happen in the United States.
Under intense questioning today the government's attorney conceded the EPA could double the penalties to 75000.
Dollars a day.
If they weren't forced at this point this -- it's would be facing more than a hundred million dollars in fines Brett.
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