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Trump Overstepped On Monuments, Enviro Groups Insist

Law360, New York (December 7, 2017, 3:36 PM EST) -- A coalition of environmental groups added its suit Thursday to a slew of challenges to President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments in Utah, asserting that the White House does not have the authority to remove special protections for large swaths of land.

The Natural Resources Defense Council Inc., the National Parks Conservation Association and several other groups filed the suit in D.C. district court, arguing that Trump did not have the authority under the Antiquities Act to reduce Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent. Congress has that authority, but the law does not provide the president with...

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