Bloomberg Law
March 8, 2019, 4:01 PM

Pentagon May Chuck Environmental Rules to Clear Border Wall

Travis Tritten
Travis Tritten

When President Donald Trump tapped the military to build his signature wall along the border with Mexico, the Pentagon zeroed in on what looked like a project of opportunity -- 37 miles along a drug-smuggling route in Arizona where, most importantly, it already owned the land.

With Trump eager for results, the Navy started planning work on a 30-foot steel bollard barrier along its Barry M. Goldwater bombing range at an estimated cost of $450 million. But there was a catch: unlike the Department of Homeland Security, which typically handles border barrier projects, the Defense Department can’t waive environmental regulations ...