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Groups oppose waiving of environmental laws to resume border wall construction

Border wall construction has resumed in Texas under the Biden administration after Congress refused to rescind funding for the project.

Now more than 100 groups have signed a petition asking the government to follow environmental laws on the border.

The government has tossed out environmental regulations to help fast-track border security projects since the Bush administration.

Conservationists say that wall construction does little to stop human traffic but disrupts wildlife migration corridors and damages public and tribal lands.

The Government Accountability Office recently issued a report that echoed many of these complaints.

The groups say that although the government may be forced to resume construction under the law, no statute requires it to waive environmental review.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.