White House considering proposal that could strip protections from hundreds of threatened species: report

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The White House is reportedly looking into a proposal that some warn could strip protections for hundreds of threatened species.

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by Rebecca Savransky via The Hill


The proposal is called “Removal of Blanket Section 4(d) Rule,” CNN reported, citing a government database.

The blanket rule has been used by the Fish and Wildlife Service to cover hundreds of threatened animal and plant species that are at risk of becoming endangered.

A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said it is false to say the rule would strip the protections and noted it is a “draft” that is “under internal review.”

“Any proposed changes will go through a full and transparent public review process that provides ample opportunity for interested parties to provide input that we will consider to help us ensure these regulations are effective in furthering the [Endangered Species Act’s] ultimate goal — recovery of our most imperiled species to the point they no longer need federal protection,” Gavin Shire said in a statement to CNN.

The proposal has reportedly been sent to a White House office for consideration.

Noah Greenwald – who leads the endangered species project at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group – said the Trump administration has “more aggressively moved to roll back regulations for air, water and wildlife than any other administration.”

He noted that oil and agriculture companies could benefit if the protections are stripped, as they are now prohibited from harming the habitats of threatened species.

The Fish and Wildlife Service can decide to write specific protections for species that are threatened or they can cover the species with blanket rule protections, according to CNN. Currently, about 300 species are covered with blanket rule protections.

The proposal comes after reports that President Trump’s appointee to oversee wildlife and parks at the Interior Department has a history of opposing endangered species protections.

Susan Combs, who was recently appointed as acting assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, has in the past compared the endangered species listings to “incoming Scud missiles.”

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