04.16.21

Statement Of Vermont’s Congressional Delegation On Extension Of The Public Comment Period On Border Patrol Surveillance Towers

Joint statement from Leahy, Sanders and Welch: 

“We are pleased to announce that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to our request to reopen the public comment period related to the proposed construction of massive surveillance towers along the Vermont-Canadian border.  We have heard from many Vermonters who are concerned that surveillance cameras will further intrude on their privacy in border communities that have already been dramatically changed by increased border surveillance and enforcement.  We have also heard concerns about how these towers will adversely affect the natural landscape of the border communities.  We share these concerns.  These potential impacts need to be fully vetted before any such plans move forward, and this 60-day extension will afford Vermonters their right to be heard on this critical matter.” 

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[The public comment period will re-open on April 18 and close on June 17. For information on how to submit a public comment, please visit: https://www.cbp.gov/document/environmental-assessments/draft-ea-swanton-rvss ]