Oregon, Feds Say Higher Water Standards for Fish 12 Years Away

For over two decades, Oregon has regulated thermal pollution in rivers and streams using illegal standards. But at a hearing Tuesday, the federal and state governments said it will take another 12 years to come up with revised standards to protect threatened and endangered fish.

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Support for Endangered Species Act Remains High Despite Efforts to Undermine It

Congress passed the ESA in 1973 with strong bipartisan support at the behest of a Republican president, Richard Nixon. Nevertheless, criticism of the law has been a persistent feature of debates about whether and how to protect imperiled species. Such criticisms led to a proposal by the Trump Administration this week to severely curtail the scope of the Act.

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Conservationists Alarmed by Proposed Changes to Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration says its proposed revisions to the decades-old Endangered Species Act reduce regulatory burden, while conservationists call them a “massive attack” on vulnerable species that face mounting threats from climate change and development.

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Proposed Endangered Species Act ‘Revamp’ Seen as Gutting Protections

The Republican chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee introduced a draft bill this week that has conservationists worried. The legislation proposed by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso will significantly revamp the Endangered Species Act, but critics of the move say it will essentially gut the law.

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