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Conservationists want Supreme Court review of waivers of environmental laws along Mexico-US border

On the last day of January, four conservation groups petitioned the Supreme Court to review lower court decisions that have “allowed the administration to waive dozens of environmental, health and safety laws to speed construction of border walls from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande Valley.”

The Supreme Court petition, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity along with Defenders of Wildlife, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Southwest Environmental Center, claims that decisions by the US Department of Homeland Security to waive more than 40 environmental protection laws—including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act—are unconstitutional. These decisions are based on “expired Congressional authority,” say the petitioners.

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