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DHS waives environmental requirements for border wall projects

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 1, 2017

    Secretary Kelly issues a notice of determination waiving certain environmental requirements in relation to border security construction near San Diego. The waiver, which applies to an approximately 15-mile stretch along the U.S.-Mexico border, exempts certain roads and physical barriers from a broad range of statutory requirements, including the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

    Under Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended (‘‘IIRIRA’’), Congress mandated the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border and Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads authorized by the Act. [ID #268]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Aug. 2, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: DHS

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