Feinstein calls on Trump admin to release national monuments report
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) demanded Thursday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke make public a formal report asking President Trump to reduce protections on a number of national monuments.
“Today, we learned that Secretary Zinke in his report to the president proposed changing a ‘handful’ of the monuments under review,” Feinstein said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, he’s keeping the details of that decision secret, providing nothing more than a brief report summary that fails to name the monuments he suggested cutting.”
In a report being sent to Trump on Thursday, Zinke said he planned to ask the president to shrink “a handful” of national monuments previously designated by presidents to protect water and land.
Zinke was not expected to ask the president to eliminate any of the 27 protected areas that have been under review since an executive order issued in April. The report provided suggestions for Trump to review before he determines whether to move forward with the plans.
The Department of the Interior released a two-page summary Thursday of the process that the Interior chief took in reviewing the monument designations.
Zinke said in a statement that the recommendations would “provide a much needed change for the local communities who border and rely on these lands for hunting and fishing, economic development, traditional uses, and recreation.”
Feinstein pushed back on any potential plans to shrink parkland while calling for Zinke to release his full report.
“California will fight any attempt by President Trump to eliminate protected parkland,” she said in her statement.
“The American people have the right to see his entire report. A proposal to strip protections from public lands should be made public immediately.”
The Green Party has also threatened to sue Trump if he accepts the proposed reduction of the protected lands, citing the sole ability of congress to approve changes to national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.
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