Congress Gives Obama Power To Roll Back ESA Rules

Law360, New York (March 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Congress has passed legislation giving the Obama administration authority to reverse two rules that former President Bush enacted near the end of his term, including sections of the Endangered Species Act that govern the federal scientific review process and special provisions protecting polar bears.

The legislation gives Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar the authority to rescind the rules immediately, without undertaking a formal rulemaking process, according to a statement from the Center for Biological Diversity.

President Obama had issued a memorandum instructing federal agencies to...
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