US Beats Enviro Challenge Over Turtle Habitat Designation

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government on Thursday prevailed in a dispute with environmental groups over its refusal to designate a critical habitat for the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle after a Texas federal judge determined that the matter was outside the scope of judicial review.

Judge Hilda Tagle found that the turtles were listed as endangered prior to the 1978 Endangered Species Act amendments requiring the designation of critical habitats for listed species, and Congress' failure to provide statutory guidance as to what extent that requirement should apply...
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