FEMA Insurance Program Harms Sea Turtles, Suit Says

Law360, New York (July 14, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT) -- The National Wildlife Federation and its Florida state affiliate have lodged a lawsuit alleging that an insurance program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency imperils sea turtles by promoting coastal development.

Private insurers generally refuse to insure homes in flood-prone areas, including beaches in Florida where sea turtles come ashore to nest, according to the suit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

But development continues to occur, even on the most eroded beaches, thanks to FEMA's National Flood...
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