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"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 Wilderness2. Glacier Nat’l Park3. Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park4. Voyageurs Nat’l Park5. Boundary Waters Wilderness6. Pictured Rocks Nat’l Lakeshore7. Allegheny Nat’l Forest8. Bristol Cliffs Wilderness9. White Mountain Nat’l Forest10. Acadia Nat’l Park11. Joshua Tree Nat’l Park12. Cabrieza Prieta Nat’l Wildlife Refuge13. Saguaro Nat’l Park14. Carlsbad Caverns Nat’l Park15. Big Bend Nat’l Park