Daily News Archive
September 30, 2005
House of Representatives
Guts Endangered Species Act
September 30, 2005) Congress
dealt a deadly blow to the protections provided by the Endangered
Species Act by passing Congressman Pombo’s bill weakening this
important conservation law. Many of the Act’s most important protections
for plants and animals facing extinction were eliminated by the House’s
action and new loopholes were created to allow developers and pesticide
applicators to dodge the law.
“The Pombo bill is the dream of every irresponsible developer out
there,” said Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen.
“Not only does this bill gut the Endangered Species Act,
but it creates a government give away program to greedy developers and
provides new loop holes to make it easier to use deadly pesticides that
will impact not only wildlife but our children, by polluting our lands
and waters. Mr. Pombo’s bill undermines our national commitment
to the recovery of threatened and endangered plants and animals.”
In a fatal weakening of the Endangered Species Act, this bill:
- exempts all pesticide
decisions from ESA compliance, taking away the ability under the ESA
to stop pesticide use even when necessary to prevent extinction;
- replaces the current
mandatory critical habitat system with a system of purported recovery
plans that are discretionary and fail to protect habitat essential for
- allows federal
agencies to avoid consultation, resulting in agencies with little to
no experience in wildlife issues deciding if projects will harm wildlife;
- requires the federal
government to use taxpayer dollars to pay developers for complying with
the law, setting no limits on these payments.
will pay the ultimate price for Mr. Pombo’s reckless disregard for
the conservation of our nation’s wildlife,” said Mr. Schlickeisen.
“Normally, one would look to the Senate to right the wrongs of this
bill, but it is questionable as to whether this bill can be salvaged at
For more information see Beyond
Pesticides’ September 27th action alert.