No EIS Required For USDA Role In Oregon's Wolf Program
By Kat Sieniuc (April 28, 2017, 7:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture escaped a lawsuit filed by conservationists over wolf removal in Oregon after a federal judge ruled Thursday the agency did not have to conduct an environmental impact statement before it killed two wolves at the state's request.
The agency's Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service would be required to follow the National Environmental Policy Act's guidelines and complete an environmental impact statement only if its involvement with wolf removal in the state — as part of Oregon's Wolf Plan — was substantial enough to constitute a "major federal action," the court said.
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