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LePage to Urge Congress to Reverse National Monument Designation

Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument
Susan Sharon
Maine Public
Visitors to Katahdin Woods and Waters paddle the East Branch of the Penobscot River in August, 2016.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says he will testify before Congress next week to urge lawmakers to reverse the designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.

LePage says President Obama violated the Antiquities Act when he designated the monument in the face of state and local opposition.

“I think Congress could, should repeal the Antiquities Act," LePage says, "or at least write it so a president cannot violate (it)."

LePage says the law should be changed to assure that a president cannot ignore local opposition. He says he will ask the Trump administration to use Baxter State Park staff to administer the monument until Congress acts to reverse the designation.