GOP wants Homeland Security exempt from environmental laws along borders

GOP wants Homeland Security exempt from environmental laws along borders

"In a move aimed at improving national security, House Republicans want to give the U.S. Border Patrol unprecedented authority to ignore 36 environmental laws on federal land in a 100-mile zone stretching along the Canadian and Mexican borders.  If the legislation is approved, the Border Patrol would not have to comply with the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act and 32 other federal laws in such popular places as Olympic National Park, Glacier Park, the Great Lakes and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area.  In Whatcom County, those places include Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park." - Bellingham Herald, Oct. 23, 2011.

Zone covers about half the land area of Washington, including its three largest cities and its capital; Key parks, forest lands inside proposed zone:

1. Glacier Peak Wilderness
2. Glacier Nat’l Park
3. Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park
4. Voyageurs Nat’l Park
5. Boundary Waters Wilderness
6. Pictured Rocks Nat’l Lakeshore
7. Allegheny Nat’l Forest
8. Bristol Cliffs Wilderness
9. White Mountain Nat’l Forest
10. Acadia Nat’l Park
11. Joshua Tree Nat’l Park
12. Cabrieza Prieta Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
13. Saguaro Nat’l Park
14. Carlsbad Caverns Nat’l Park
15. Big Bend Nat’l Park