New Rule Threatens Endangered Species Act: Calif.

Law360, New York (December 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The state of California has filed a lawsuit challenging a final rule adopted by the federal government that critics say undermines the Endangered Species Act by letting federal agencies sidestep a requirement to consult with government experts to assess the impact of projects on imperiled species.

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. filed the lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking declaratory relief as well as an injunction commanding the defendants to “immediately vacate and withdraw the Final...
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