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Trump administration seeks endangered species rule changes

Trump administration seeks endangered species rule changes

"Rather than shooting holes in a law that works, Secretary Zinke and the Trump Administration should seek to improve the law's implementation by asking Congress to fully fund recovery efforts for endangered species". Until those plans are completed, he said, broad protections against harming plants and animals should stay in place.

"We are proposing these improvements to produce the best conservation results for the species while reducing the regulatory burden on the American people", U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan, said in a statement.

The proposal would not affect species already listed as threatened - or critical habitats set aside for them - such as Western desert tortoises struggling to survive in the Southern California desert as temperatures rise and nutritious foliage diminishes.

As it stands, the term "endangered" applies to an animal or plant in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future. Environmental activists criticized the new definition as too narrow.

Today, Ryan Zinke's Department of Interior (DOI) released a series of proposed changes to the way the agency interprets and carries out actions under the Endangered Species Act.

"We hope these proposals ameliorate some of the burdens, conflict and uncertainty within our current regulatory structure", Bernhardt said.

This isn't the first move the administration has made that has angered environmentalists. The Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, has used industry guidance documents and policy memos to dial back its oversight of air pollution under the Clean Air Act.

The law, enacted in the 1970s, has always been a source of frustration for drillers, miners and other businesses. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), many have argued, is outdated, costly and allows for too many lawsuits from environmental organizations. Instead, Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the agency wants to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to protect habitats of threatened species - animals and plants that scientists believe could soon become endangered. But the definition of "foreseeable future" has been vague. The USFW Service falls under the Interior Department.

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"The proposed changes are a guaranteed map to extinction", said Tara Zuardo, senior wildlife attorney for the Animal Welfare Institute.

The proposal specifically targets the Endangered Species Act, which was established in 1973.

Endangered species are now defined as "in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range", while threatened species are likely to become in danger of extinction within the "foreseeable future". Those states questioned the viability of climate change predictions and warned that federal protections would hurt recreation and development in alpine terrain managed by local authorities.

Richard Stewart, a professor of environmental law at New York University, said the logic for the Section 4 (d) rule was that "if you wait until the species' numbers are actually small enough that it's going to become extinct, it may be hard or too late" to save it.

"The Endangered Species Act is our nation's most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction".

WorldWildLife.org has created a list of animal species, organized by conservation status.

The proposals are now open for a 60-day public comment period, and may become law by year's end.


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