Groups Warn Draft Regulation for Endangered Species Act Would Diminish National Oversight

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 27, 2007

According to a press release today by by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Center for Biological Diversity, the draft regulations for the Endangered Species Act would:

  • “Remove recovery of a species or population as a protection standard
  • Allow projects to proceed that have been determined to threaten species with extinction
  • Permit destruction of all restored habitat within critical habitat areas
  • Prevent critical habitat areas from being used to protect against disturbance, pesticides, exotic species, and disease
  • Severely limit the listing of new endangered species and
  • Empower states to veto endangered species introductions as well as administer virtually all aspects of the Endangered Species Act within their borders.”
  • Related documents from PEER:

  • Read the side-by-side comparison (prepared by PEER and CBD) of current regulations versus Bush plan
  • View the plan to delegate more ESA authority to the states
  • Look at plans to rewrite future status definition and consultation rules
  • See proposed ESA listing changes
  • Scan proposed permit regulations
  • Track the timetable for “issues to deal with”
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