Home­land Se­cu­rity will waive laws to build U.S. bor­der wall

Cape Breton Post - - World -

SAN DIEGO — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day that it will waive en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views and other laws to re­place a stretch of bor­der wall in San Diego, mov­ing to make good on one of the pres­i­dent’s sig­na­ture cam­paign pledges.

Crit­ics in­clud­ing the Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity crit­i­cized the move as over­reach and a threat to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity said in a state­ment it will pub­lish in ``the com­ing days’’ in the Federal Reg­is­ter a no­tice ex­empt­ing the gov­ern­ment from the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act, which calls for ex­ten­sive re­views of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, and a host of other laws on 15 miles of bor­der ex­tend­ing east from the Pa­cific Ocean. It will mark the sixth time that the depart­ment has ex­er­cised that au­thor­ity since 2005 and the first time since 2008.

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