Trump Administration Changes Ways To Protect Endangered Species – The Trump administration announced on Monday about the big changes in decades to Endangered Species Act.
Trump Administration’s New Rule About Endangered Species Protections:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced Monday about the changes of implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Read the final statement about the reversion of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), “Firstly, the agencies are finalizing changes to some of the parameters under which other federal agencies must consult with the Service and NOAA Fisheries to ensure their actions do not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species, or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat. The agencies are also finalizing various measures to clarity and improve some of the standards under which listings, delisting, and reclassification, and critical habitat designations are made.
It continued that, “Additionally, the Service is changing its approach to applying protections to threatened species to align its practice with NOAA Fisheries so the two agencies are consistent in their application of this provision of the ESA. The Service is removing its blanket rule under section 4(d) of the ESA that automatically conveys the same protections for threatened species as for endangered species.”
Reactions On Revisions Of Endangered Species Act:
“This effort to gut protections for endangered and threatened species has the same two features of most Trump administration actions: It’s a gift to industry, and it’s illegal,” Drew Caputo, vice president of litigation for lands, wildlife and oceans at the nonprofit Earthjustice, said in a statement. “We’ll see the Trump administration in court about it.”
“The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal ― recovery of our rarest species,” Bernhardt said in a statement Monday. “The Act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation.”
“The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal—recovery of our rarest species. The Act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “An effectively administered Act ensures more resources can go where they will do the most good: on-the-ground conservation.”
“The revisions finalized with this rule making fit squarely within the President’s mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public, without sacrificing our species’ protection and recovery goals,” told U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These changes were subject to a robust, transparent public process, during which we received significant public input that helped us finalize these rules.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 10, 2019