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Trump Reportedly Plans To Shrink 2 Utah Monuments

The White House is following recommendations from the Department of the Interior to reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah.

Trump Reportedly Plans To Shrink 2 Utah Monuments
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President Trump is reportedly moving forward with a plan to shrink the borders of two national monuments in Utah.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Trump told him in a phone call that he would announce reductions to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments when he visits the state in December.

Former President Obama established the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears monument last year during his last weeks in office. 

10 National Monuments Could Be Losing Certain Important Protections

10 National Monuments Could Be Losing Certain Important Protections

The Secretary of Interior suggested shrinking four monuments and allowing commercial activity on 10 of them.

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But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke later recommended shrinking the monuments' borders after he completed a national monument review ordered by the White House.

Trump's decision could prompt a legal challenge — while the White House can definitely establish monuments, it's not clear whether it has the power to alter or remove them.