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DOI Won't Kill Bush-Era Polar Bear Rule

Law360 (May 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior will uphold a controversial rule stipulating that the Endangered Species Act won't regulate the global warming gases that are melting the polar bear's habitat, even though the animal is listed as threatened.

On Friday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told reporters that the DOI had reviewed the final special rule for the polar bear enacted during the Bush administration under Section 4(d) of the ESA, and has decided to uphold it.

Despite Salazar's acknowledgment that melting sea ice is...
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