Friday, August 15, 2008

Step up & Speak!

Time to speak out against the proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. Submit your opposing comments to the changes documented in FWS-R9-ES-2008-0093. They are not accepting e-mail or faxes -- but they do have an online form for accepting comments. You can make it short and sweet.

To recap, the proposed changes "eliminate the requirement for independent scientific reviews of any project that could harm an endangered species living on federal land. Instead, federal agencies would decide on their own whether the projects — including construction of highways and dams — pose a threat and then move ahead if they determine there is no problem. [...] The new regulations would overturn one of the act’s most fundamental provisions. Under current rules, federal agencies are required to submit their plans to either the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service." (Source: New York Times, 8/13/2008).

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