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August 12, 2019 - The Hill

Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections

Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections
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The Trump administration is proposing significant changes to the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act (ESA), saying they are a needed modernization of decades-old regulations, but wildlife groups say the changes will put endangered animals and plants at risk.

The proposal would make it easier to delist an endangered species and would withdraw a policy that offered the same protections for threatened species as for endangered species unless otherwise specified. It would streamline interagency consultations and make it more difficult to protect habitat near land where endangered species live.

VA: Endangered species are plants and animals at the brink of extinction, while threatened species are likely to become endangered in the near future.

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