Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Senator Feinstein Drops Her Amendment to Override the Endangered Species Act

The West Coast fishing industry and the California Bay Delta ecosystem were saved from the brink of disaster last week when Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) dropped her amendment to override the Endangered Species Act. Such an amendment would have been a largely unprecedented action by Congress to supersede the Biological Opinions of agency biologists that protect endangered species. Instead, a diverse group of public officials and stakeholders were able to negotiate solutions to the conflict that did not override our nation's environmental laws.

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