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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Border Wall Law

Dec. 3, 2018, 2:51 PM

A law that exempts a southern border wall project from having to clear standard environmental reviews remains intact after the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging it.

The court rejected a petition from several environmental groups who argued the law is unconstitutional because it gives the executive branch too much power. The law, passed in 1996 and signed by then-President Bill Clinton, gives the federal government a waiver from having to comply with the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other statutes when building a border wall.

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