DC Circ. Says Polar Bear Threatened Status Justified

Law360, New York (March 1, 2013, 4:38 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday backed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of polar bears as a threatened species, rejecting a challenge brought by both industry and environmental groups after finding the agency made no errors in reaching its decision.

In upholding a Washington, D.C., district court ruling, the appeals court rejected arguments that the agency relied on defective population models, misapplied relevant terms, failed to adequately explain its decision-making process and committed various other errors in reaching its listing decision.

The agency’s 2008 decision...
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