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Does the US Antiquities Act allow for "egregious abuse of federal power"?
Passed in 1906 by the US Congress, the US Antiquities Act has allowed presidents of both the Republican and Democratic parties to protect land already in federal control from development and harm by naming national monuments. The current US President has decided that his predecessors have "abused" this power by naming more than 11 million acres of land and 760 million acres of land as national monuments. Hence, the president has ordered the Secretary of the Interior to review monument designations that affected more 100,000 acres since 1996 for possible de-listing. Below are links to a list of the 27 monuments under threat and the Department of Interior's press release concerning their upcoming review. Please note that Interior will begin collecting public comments after May 12—comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
By Chris D'Angelo
The Huffington Post
May 6, 2017
Read the Press Release from the US Department of the Interior
Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments
US Department of the Interior
May 5, 2017