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Obama Rolls Back Bush's Midnight ESA Changes

Law360 (March 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- President Obama on Tuesday rescinded last-minute rules issued by former President Bush that allowed federal agencies to avoid consulting with government scientists about projects that could affect endangered species.

Calling the Endangered Species Act one of the nation's “profound commitments,” the president issued a memorandum asking the secretaries of the interior and commerce to review Bush's Dec. 16 regulations and determine whether new rules were needed.

Until the review is completed, Obama requested that the heads of all federal agencies follow the previous regulations, which required...
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