Grijalva on Zinke Statement That Hanford Reach, Craters of the Moon are Safe From Arbitrary Review: “Pulling Names Out of a Hat”

Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today’s announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that he is no longer considering recommending status or acreage changes to Craters of the Moon National Monument (Idaho) or Hanford Reach National Monument (Washington) as part of his ongoing, arbitrary “review” process of more than two dozen national monuments around the country:

“The news that Secretary Zinke has decided not to attempt to illegally destroy Hanford Reach and Craters of the Moon National Monuments is obviously welcome, but this haphazard ‘process’ continues to be a disservice to the public and our public lands. How is the administration making these decisions? The national monuments targeted by the recent Executive Order were established based on principled scientific and conservation merits, after extensive review. Secretary Zinke seems to be deciding their future status by pulling names out of a hat.”

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