Report Finds Politics Affected ESA Decisions At DOI

Law360, New York (December 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A report released by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of the Interior yesterday concluded that a department official exerted undue political pressure on decisions made about endangered species.

The findings, released by Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney on Monday, said Julie MacDonald, a former deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had caused what the inspector general called “considerable harm” to the Endangered Species Act program, splintered the morale and reputation of the FWS and possibly put individual species at...
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