Trump Shrinks Utah National Monuments By Millions Of Acres
By Michael Phillis and Kat Greene
Law360, New York (December 4, 2017, 5:21 PM EST) -- President Donald Trump on Monday cut millions of acres from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, claiming he was rectifying “abuses of the Antiquities Act” by prior administrations and prompting a lawsuit by environmental groups who said the president overstepped his authority.
Trump said the modifications, which environmental groups immediately promised to challenge in court, would prevent officials in Washington from dictating how people in Utah should use their land. He said prior administrations had run afoul of the century-old law that allows presidents to...