9th Circ. Upholds Vernal Pool Habitat Protections

Law360, New York (August 10, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed the designation of roughly 850,000 acres of critical habitat for 15 federally protected vernal pool species, turning back a legal challenge brought by the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and other industry groups.

In a victory for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several conservation groups, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded Monday that none of the five technical challenges to the critical habitat designation had any merit....
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