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Utah Monuments Cases Stayed as Biden Ponders Broader Protections

March 8, 2021, 7:44 PM

A federal district judge on Monday stayed litigation over the fate of two Utah national monuments, giving the Biden administration time to review a 2017 decision by then-President Donald Trump to shrink the size of the areas.

Judge Tanya Chutkan’s indefinite stay affects Bears Ears monument cases, including Hopi Tribe v. Trump, and Grand Staircase-Escalante lawsuits, including Wilderness Society v. Trump.

The administration March 5 sought the stay from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia pending a review of Trump’s action. Environmentalists expect President Joe Biden to restore the original boundaries of the two monuments...

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