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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mike Sackett
Slowly, inexorably, the monster is being driven back to its lair. Its days of terrorizing villagers may soon be over. I wish I were talking about the federal government, but it's the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), better known as the Environmental Protection-or-else Agency.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that property owners have a right to prompt review by a judge of an important tool used by the Environmental Protection Agency to address water pollution.
Federal agencies are out of control. The grant of virtually unlimited power with no accountability has gone to the heads of some unelected bureaucrats, and nowhere is that more true than at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Even the Supreme Court has had enough. All nine justices agreed Wednesday that the agency has finally gone too far.
Mike Sackett remembers what he thought when he saw the eye-popping fines of more than $30,000 a day that the Environmental Protection Agency was threatening to impose on him over a piece of Idaho property worth less than one day's penalty.
Mike and Chantell Sackett are still waiting to be heard by the Environmental Protection Agency, but now they've got a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Sackett says someone must have tipped off the EPA to the work.
"There's no common sense, and the EPA, they've gone rogue," Mrs. Sackett said in an interview in the court cafeteria. "They do whatever they want. They bend the rules and they make your life hell."