Resource May 3, 2017

Legal Analysis of Presidential Ability to Revoke National Monuments

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The president has no power to unilaterally abolish a national monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

In response to ongoing threats to this century-old conservation tool, NPCA retained the law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (APKS) to analyze the Antiquities Act. APKS determined that the president “has no power unilaterally to abolish a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906.”

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