Changes To Endangered Species Act Limit Reviews

Law360, New York (August 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a move that has drawn harsh criticism from environmentalists, the Bush administration on Monday proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act that would reduce the role government scientists play in determining the impact of new development on endangered plants and animals.

The changes, which became public after a draft of the proposal was leaked to the media, would allow federal agencies charged with funding and permitting new roads, housing developments, pipelines and other projects to decide on their own whether a project puts endangered plants...
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