Smelt Ruling Will Delay ESA Enforcement, US Tells 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (April 30, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a ruling forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a plan to protect California's delta smelt population, arguing that the ruling would needlessly delay administration of the Endangered Species Act.

In a brief filed with the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Department of the Interior said the arguments proffered by six California water authorities fighting the FWS plan would “impose procedural barriers that would cause delay in the administration of the ESA to the...
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