The Latest On: Endangered Species Act
Elizabeth Forsyth, Attorney, Earthjustice: “They’re using this conclusion to say therefore toxicants is not a problem — even though the most recent study in the record showed exposure to toxicants is growing and increasingly causing mortality.”
Tim Preso, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: "For virtually each one of these, it's a proposal to narrow the Act's applications, to reduce its protections, to make it harder to protect habitat, to make it harder to list species. And the cumulative effects of all of these little changes is going to be a significant erosion of our bedrock law for protecting imperiled wildlife."
Sarah Burt, Attorney, International Program: “It’s mandated that the government talk to the communities themselves. It’s like the government building a base on sacred Hawaiian and saying ‘we’re not going talk to the native communities but we’ll talk to an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii.’”
Josh Purtle, Attorney, Earthjustice: “We agree there shouldn’t be an infinite loop of comment and revision. But when you’re pulling the rug out on the public, that makes previous public comment not meaningful.”