Obama to put species rule on hold?

March 3, 2009 9:01:01 AM PST
Officials say President Barack Obama wants agencies, at least for now, to resume full scientific reviews of projects that might harm endangered wildlife and plants. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, say the president will sign a presidential memorandum Tuesday to put on hold a last-minute Bush regulation until the Interior and Commerce departments complete a review of the rule. The officials sought anonymity because they did not want to get ahead of the president's announcement.

The Bush-era regulation made optional the consultations federal scientists have performed for 35 years on endangered species decisions. Democrats in Congress are attempting to reverse the rule.


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