The waiver, which covers the construction of both the border wall and surrounding roads, includes a total of 23 regulations.
The border wall is one step closer to fruition after the Trump administration waived a series of environmental regulations to speed up the project's construction, The Hill reported.
A Jan. 22 Federal Register entry by Kirstjen M. Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, stated,
“The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border of the United States near the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry in the state of New Mexico.”
The waiver, which covers the construction of both the border wall and surrounding roads, includes a total of 23 regulations, includingthe National Environmental Policy Act;the Endangered Species Act;the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (colloquially known as the Clean Water Act);the National Historic Preservation Act; andthe Clean Air Act.
This announcement comes after the Fisher Sand and Gravel Company recently told the Department of Homeland Security that it could build 700 miles of the wall for $12.2 billion, which comes in under President Trump's initial $18 billion request to Congress to cover just 654 miles of the border.