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Pentagon to Dump Environmental Laws for 175 Miles of Border Wall

Sept. 13, 2019, 3:00 PM

The Pentagon plans to ignore environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act to build 175 miles of border barriers with the money it freed up, over many lawmakers’ objections, by delaying a raft of $3.6 billion in military infrastructure projects.

The move could allow the Pentagon to shave months or years off the wall construction projects by avoiding potentially lengthy public environmental reviews of construction work as the administration aims to ramp up building ahead of the 2020 election.

To waive environmental requirements, Defense Secretary Mark Esper will cite authority he says is granted under...

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