Supreme Court Limits EPA's Power to Address Water PollutionAdam Liptak The New York Times
26 May 23
The justices ruled that many wetlands are not covered by the Clean Water Act.
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., writing for five justices, held that the law covers only wetlands “with a continuous surface connection” to those waters.
The decision was a second major blow to the E.P.A.’s authority and to the power of administrative agencies generally. Last year, the court limited the E.P.A.’s power to address climate change under the Clean Air Act.