The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 in favor of an Idaho couple who wanted to build a house near a lake in a decision that makes it more difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency to police water quality. 

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion that stated that the Clean Water Act only regulates wetlands that have a “continuous surface connection” to larger bodies of water that are regulated. The couple, Chantell and Michael Sackett, do not have such a connection on their property.

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