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U.S. WEAKENS ENDANGERED-SPECIES RULES

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 12, 2008

DECEMBER 11, 2008, 4:44 P.M. ET

by Siobhan Hughes

PUBLISHED BY ‘THE WALL STREET JOURNAL’ (USA)

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration on Thursday eliminated one step in the effort to protect endangered species, allowing federal agencies to bypass consultation with government scientists about whether new projects will harm threatened wildlife.

The U.S. Interior Department issued a rule that allows agencies to avoid consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service if they conclude that any actions they fund wouldn’t harm an endangered species.

Environmentalists have been up in arms over the rule since it was proposed in August, but the Bush administration says the changes are narrowly targeted and came out of concern that the Endangered Species Act would be used as a back-door approach to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

“It should come as no surprise that today the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce are announcing final regulations clarifying a segment of the consultation process under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, particularly as it relates to global processes like climate change,” Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said.

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PUBLISHED BY ‘THE WALL STREET JOURNAL’ (USA)

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