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Virtual fence construction in Arizona on hold

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 3:06 pm | Updated: 10:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

TUCSON - Officials say construction on "virtual fence" projects scheduled along Arizona's border with Mexico is on hold indefinitely because the Interior Department hasn't signed off on use of its lands.

Federal officials say the Interior Department refused to accept a proposed U.S. Border Patrol environmental assessment that said putting towers on its lands would have no significant impact.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Friel says authority to waive environmental laws for border security projects granted under a 2005 congressional act does not extend to virtual fence projects.

Prime contractor Boeing Co. has suspended work on the projects.

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