ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several environmental groups are suing the Trump administration over recent changes to the Endangered Species Act that they say threaten wildlife.
Earthjustice filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association and the Humane Society of the United States.
The Department of the Interior announced rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act on Aug. 12. The changes remove a blanket rule that gave newly-listed threatened species the same protections as endangered species. As part of the rule changes, agencies must now consider economic impact when listing a species or designating critical habitat.