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Obama-era Monument in Atlantic Unscathed by Legal Challenge (1)

Dec. 27, 2019, 3:42 PMUpdated: Dec. 27, 2019, 5:16 PM

The Obama administration didn’t overstep when it created a new national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, federal judges have ruled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Dec. 27 rejected a lawsuit from the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association and other fishing groups opposed to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

The site of about 5,000 acres, designated as a marine monument in 2016, sits off the coast of New England and features a dramatic underwater landscape that is home to endangered whales and other animals.

The fishing groups argued at the D.C. Circuit in ...