US Settles With WildEarth In Endangered Species MDL

By Martin Bricketto (May 10, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a settlement Monday with WildEarth Guardians in sprawling Endangered Species Act litigation, paving the way for the agency to act within the next six years on a list of 251 species that are candidates for protection.

Under the proposed agreement in the multidistrict litigation in the District of Columbia, the FWS will also make initial petition findings for more than 600 other species. Meanwhile the environmental group will limit the number of listing petitions it submits each year and refrain from new lawsuits over missed deadlines related to the designation of endangered and threatened...

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