In its final few months, the Bush Administration is attempting to gut the Endangered Species Act. This time, it’s a proposal to allow federal agencies to decide unilaterally that a proposed project is not likely to adversely affect listed species — no consultation with wildlife experts required. The proposed rule would replace the current requirement that federal agencies must consult with biologists at the Fish and Wildlife Service or National Marine Fisheries Service to ensure that an agency’s actions do not jeopardize the existence of a species or adversely change or destroy its habitat.
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