• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Chief justice's comments on NMon decision suggest hostility to large Antiquities Act proclamations

How big is too big for a national monument designated by a president? That has been an unanswerable question, legally, for some years, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision declining to hear a challenge to the designation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument off the East Coast could move us closer to an answer.

When the Antiquities Act was signed into law in 1906, it gave presidents power to create national monuments "which in all cases shall be confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected..."

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