ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said the Trump Administration’s announced overhaul of the Endangered Species Act takes “a wrecking ball to one of our oldest and most effective environmental laws.”
The administration unveiled its changes to the act Monday, saying the new regulations of the ESA were designed to increase transparency and effectiveness, and bring the administration of the act into the 21st century.
“The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal – recovery of our rarest species. The act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement. “An effectively administered act ensures more resources can go where they will do the most good: on-the-ground conservation.”
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