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Agencies Will Define ‘Habitat’ Under Endangered Species Act (1)

Dec. 27, 2019, 9:01 PMUpdated: Dec. 27, 2019, 9:58 PM

The Trump administration will write a rule that defines “habitat” under the Endangered Species Act, prompting conservationists to worry that officials will use the definition to de-fang one of the nation’s most powerful environmental laws.

The Office of Management and Budget is targeting May as a possible date to publish a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service regulations revision that will define the term.

Congress never defined “habitat” when it passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973.

The conservation and protection of habitat is key to the act, which protects threatened and endangered species in part...

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