A proposed revamp of Endangered Species Act regulations should reduce conflicts by clarifying how federal regulators determine the appropriate protections for species and their habitats, Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt said Sept. 10.
“I think we’re going to see a significant deconflicting of the act,” Bernhardt said at a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation think tank.
Clearer, better-argued regulations are more likely to win deference from courts, where many conflicts end up, he said.
“The environmental standards are not changing. What’s changing is how we go about making our decisions, potentially, in less burdensome ways,” Bernhardt said. ...