Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Endangered Endangered Species Act

AP IMPACT: Administration to relax protected species rules, cutting out independent reviews
By DINA CAPPIELLO
AP News

Parts of the Endangered Species Act may soon be extinct. The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants.

New regulations, which don't require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews government scientists have been performing for 35 years, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.