DOI Re-Evaluates ESA Decisions In Wake Of Scandal

Law360, New York (February 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is initiating a review of certain Endangered Species Act decisions that were allegedly tainted by an agency official who exerted undue political pressure on the process.

In court documents filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the DOI cited a mid-December inspector general report, which found that former Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie MacDonald took actions that potentially jeopardized the decisional process in the final recovery plan for the northern spotted owl and in the 12-month...
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