Trump ‘Habitat’ Rules to be Sidelined for Imperiled Species (1)

Oct. 26, 2021, 3:24 PMUpdated: Oct. 26, 2021, 4:32 PM

The Interior Department is planning to toss out Trump-era Endangered Species Act regulations finalized in 2020, including the definition of the term “habitat,” the agency said Tuesday.

Regulations allowing areas to be excluded from a “critical habitat” designation because of its economic impact are being rescinded. Both regulations were finalized by the Trump administration in December 2020.

Trump-era rules governing “habitat” and “critical habitat” removed hurdles from development and oil and gas production in areas scientists say would be essential for the recovery of species listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA.

The Trump definition, ...

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