The Trump administration has issued three final rules that together may constitute the most sweeping revisions yet made to regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The revisions specifically clarify procedures and criteria used to add species to or remove them from the lists of endangered and threatened species and to designate species’ critical habitats; […]
In a case centering on the EPA’s final rule for cooling water intake structures (CWIS) (August 15, 2014, Federal Register (FR)), a panel of judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that two federal agencies with whom the EPA consulted were not entitled to deny the release of certain documents […]
The EPA’s promulgation of multiple rules since 2001 to protect aquatic species that get swept into (entrainment) and against (impingement) industrial cooling water intake structures (CWISs) has met with legal challenges from both environmental groups and industry.
Two environmental groups have filed a suit in a U.S. District Court against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for allegedly failing to comply with federal law regarding the impact of hydraulic fracturing and acidizing being conducted at oil production platforms in California’s Santa Barbara Channel.
What Is the ESA? The ESA has been one of the more contentious environmental laws. This may stem from its strict substantive provisions, which can affect the use of both federal and nonfederal lands and resources. The Act defines “endangered” as “any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion […]