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Interior Protects Bumblebee Species as Endangered

March 21, 2017, 6:25 PM

Protections for an endangered bumblebee species can go into effect now that the Interior Department has rejected a delay requested by a coalition of construction, energy and agricultural interests.

The listing of the rusty patched bumblebee under the Endangered Species Act went into effect March 21. It is the first time a bee has been listed as endangered or threatened in the continental United States.

Housing developers, pesticide makers, farmers, oil and gas companies and electric utilities sought a delay to next January in the effective date of the protections.

They worried they might violate the Endangered Species Act by ...