In a long-awaited decision regarding the Waters of the United States rule, the high court found the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers wrongfully claimed authority over wetlands. “In a 9-0 holding, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Sackett family and killed the significant nexus test which has been the burr under our saddle, causing a lot of problems for landowners around the country and we’re happy to see it go away,” said Mary-Thomas Hart, chief counsel, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The ruling will affect current wetlands policy. “The holding against the significant nexus test is certainly at a minimum going to require the Biden Administration to pull their 2023 definition back for serious reconsideration and revision.” Earlier this year, federal judges in North Dakota and Texas temporarily blocked enforcement of the Biden wetlands rule in 26 states.
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