WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama administration is revoking a Bush-era regulation that officials say "undermined" the 1973 Endangered Species Act.
The decision by the Commerce and Interior Departments means federal agencies will once again be required to consult with federal wildlife experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before taking action that might affect threatened or endangered species. Environmental groups had argued the Bush rule severely weakened the Endangered Species Act.
"By rolling back this eleventh-hour regulation, we are ensuring that threatened and endangered species continue to receive the full protection of the law," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a written statement announcing the decision.
Last month, as part of the omnibus spending bill, Congress authorized the Commerce and Interior Departments to revoke the regulation.
Yay! Ok, now how about the rule about spying on us?
Excellent news!!! Another relic of the dark days of the Bush era bites the dust.
Once again, science trumps lobbyists!
Good Job....this was definitely intended to be a gift to all developers of any kind out there by the Bush Administration. Glad it's gone.
Just maybe: CNN. Is lost in the Wilderness. So you spy! CNN.
How can you feel anything, for people who interfere? Paranoia! Will kill you. America..
This makes me happy.
Anything that punk in the White House can do in an attempt to cast a bad light on the Bush administration he will jump at the chance to do.
And now that he has done his low level fly over to scare the bejesus out of New York, what is the next prank?
Yay!!more reasons for her highness palin, the anti-American to sue the federal government
Now I know! The American: Super Power, of the past. Is now really, so insecure... Do you also want my Garbage-Can, CNN...
Good job Mr. Obama.
We expect more Bush-era rules to be thrown away.