Alaska gov has Idaho couple's back in EPA fight

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants an Idaho family fighting the federal government to know he's got their back.

In an editorial Sunday, Parnell wrote that Alaska will file a brief supporting a northern Idaho couple when the U.S. Supreme Court hears their challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency decision to block them from building on property near Priest Lake.

The EPA determined in 2007 that Mike and Chantell Sackett's land contained a wetland protected by the Clean Water Act.

The Sacketts contend the EPA exceeded its authority.

Alaska's Parnell is in the midst of an ongoing beef with the EPA over its draft guidance governing which wetlands will be protected by the Clean Water Act.

He says how the Sackett's case is resolved will have a "profound impact on Alaska."