DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR CALLS FOR COMMENTS ON EXECUTIVE ORDER 13792 (Review of Certain Monuments Designated or Expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906)
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Office of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa received a letter from the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan K. Zinke, calling for comments on Executive Order (EO) 13792 issued by President Donald J. Trump on April 26, 2017 directing Secretary Zinke to review certain monuments created under the Antiquities Act of 1906. A copy of Secretary Zinke's letter to Congresswoman Hanabusa is attached hereto.
Pursuant to the Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 90, published on Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Notice reads as follows, in pertinent part:
Summary: The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017. The Secretary of the Interior will use the review to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy stated in the Executive Order and to formulate recommendations for Presidential actions, legislative proposals, or other appropriate actions to carry out that policy. This Notice identifies twenty-seven National Monuments under review and invites comments to inform the review.
Dates: To ensure consideration, written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted before May 26, 2017. Written comments relating to all other National Monuments must be submitted before July 10, 2017.
Addresses: You may submit written comments online at https://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.
Congresswoman Hanabusa: I encourage those interested in our nation's monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea, to take this opportunity to share their comments and/or concerns with the Secretary of Interior, Ryan K. Zinke, and the Department of Commerce who will lead the review of the Marine National Monuments in consultation with Secretary Zinke.