CA Sues To Block Bush Endangered Species Rules
December 30, 2008
Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he had filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The suit was filed late Monday.
Brown says the Bush administration is trying to gut the Endangered Species Act.
The Interior Department issued the revised rules earlier this month. They allow federal agencies to issue permits for mining, logging and similar activities without getting a review from biologists.
The changes also eliminate a requirement that agencies consider the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on ecosystems when reviewing projects on federal land.
Brown is asking the court to block the new rules, which would give the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama time to review them.