ESA Rule Change Sparks Green Outrage, Lawsuit

Law360, New York (December 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that has environmental groups up in arms and has already spawned a lawsuit, the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday finalized a change to the Endangered Species Act that will allow federal agencies to approve roads, housing and other development projects without first having to consult with government scientists.

The rule will take effect in about a month, just days before President-elect Barack Obama enters office. However, the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and Defenders of Wildlife have already filed a lawsuit...
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