DOI Scandal Prompts 2nd Look At Spotted Owl Rule

Law360, New York (April 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked a judge to put a case over the habitat for the northern spotted owl on hold while it negotiates with logging industry and environmental groups, showing a willingness to reconsider Endangered Species Act decisions that a recent report suggested may have been tainted by political pressure.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar filed a notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday seeking to take back its recovery plan and a revised designation of 5.3...
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