Thursday, November 20, 2008

Changes to Species Act Are Said to Be Near The Bush administration is "close" to finalizing a regulatory overhaul of the Endangered Species Act to allow federal agencies to decide whether protected species would be harmed by agency projects, according to the Interior Department. In an interview yesterday, Interior spokeswoman Tina Kreisher said the Office of Management and Budget was reviewing the rule, which could be finalized in a matter of weeks. "I believe that we're close, but there's no final determination from the OMB," she said. For more than 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service have reviewed any federal plans that could potentially protect endangered animals or plants. Under the administration's proposed rule, these independent scientific reviews would no longer be required if the agency in question determined that its activities would not hurt the imperiled species....

1 comment:

neal said...

The proposed changes fundamentally gut the intent of the Endangered Species Act . The ESA as it is now proposed would not have saved many species. Minimizing the importance of critical habitat is one of the key issues in the changes.

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