Our guest blogger is Jessica Goad, manager of research and outreach, Public Lands Project, Center for American Progress Action Fund.
Forty Republicans in the House of Representatives are promoting a bill that would allow the secretary of homeland security to permanently waive all or part of 36 laws on both public and private lands within 100 miles of any U.S. border or coast. Some of the laws waived by H.R. 1505, the “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act,” are strictly public health laws, like the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Superfund law. Others are environmental, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Two-thirds of the American population lives in the areas covered by this bill, because most major cities are along the borders and coasts.