Justice Alito: "The position taken in this case by the Federal Government—a
position that the Court now squarely rejects—would have put the property
rights of ordinary Americans entirely at the mercy of Environmental
Protection Agency(EPA) employees."
You can now have a wading pool in your backyard without worrying over a
The SC ruled that property owners have the right to contest the EPA's
ruling that their property falls under the Clean Water Act. They now
get to have their day in court. That's all this ruling gave them.
That probably initiates the superfund designation.
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And when your kid pees in the pool it no longer automatically qualifies as
a Superfund site?
At the link:
The beginnings of the modern era of cancer chemotherapy can be traced
directly to the discovery of nitrogen mustard, a chemical warfare agent,
as an effective treatment for cancer. Two pharmacologists, Louis S.
Goodman and Alfred Gilman, were recruited by the United States Department
of Defense to investigate potential therapeutic applications of chemical
warfare agents. A year into the start of their research a German air raid
in Bari, Italy led to the exposure of more than one thousand people to
the SS John Harvey's secret cargo composed of mustard gas bombs. Dr.
Stewart Francis Alexander, a Lieutenant Colonel who was an expert in
chemical warfare, was subsequently deployed to investigate the aftermath.
Autopsies of the victims suggested that profound lymphoid and myeloid
suppression had occurred after exposure. In his report Dr. Alexander
theorized that since mustard gas all but ceased the division of certain
types of Somatic cells whose nature it was to divide fast, it could also
potentially be put to use in helping to suppress the division of certain
types of cancerous cells.
If Saddam hadn't used CBW in the past, I doubt the WMD question could have
risen up as far as it did and we might never have gone to war with them.
His past use of CBW made the threat more "vibrant."
There might have been an overall *eventual* benefit for the Kurds. Depends
on how they perceive their current state of affairs. As for the Iranians -
they probably just died without much overall future benefit.
Ever cloud has a silver lining, every tornado contains a lot of loose
And a biggee it is. That case has gone on for a couiple years now at
least. It is almost in my back yard (only 50miles away). the back
story is couple buys vacant land, Starts to build house, Fills in a
low spot and flit hits the shan. EPA says it it wet lands. Owners
say it isn't but then have no right to haul EPA to court and make them
prove it is wet lands, EPAs word is thethe thaw and that ends
From day one, all the owners wanted was a day in court to make their
I'm surprised it had to go to the Supremes before that decision was
By the time it got there, the fines had built to astonomical levels.
The whole point of the case is that EPA claims it is wet-lands, owner
says it isn't and under the current (or what was current) there was no
way to force the EPA to justify there claim.
Basically it was:
"we say it is wet, stop building and remove the fill".
anybody recognize jackbooted thugs in that? I suspect that the owners
will lose but at least now they'll get their day in court.
Back when the EPA first sstarted, they would rule 'wetland' if htere
was a puddle of water on it at any time of year. My a a neighbor got
our tit in the wringer over a grove of Willow trees we removed.
WETLANDS they screamed. Reality? A spring on one end of the 10 acre
plot with the rest being a spring time drain from feild run-offm read
through that was dry 10 all summer/fall. We lost.
Woe! My bad.
The statement was not part of the decision; Scalia's statement was part of
the oral arguments:
"Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking in the courtroom, mocked the EPA's view
that the Sacketts' small lot was protected by federal law as part of the
'navigable waters' of the United States. The couple, 'never having seen a
ship or other vessel cross their yard,' questioned that their lot was a
wetland, Scalia said, and they are entitled to a civil hearing before the
agency to contest the EPA's jurisdiction over their property. "
I apologize for the mistake and for sending you on a wild chicken chase.
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