Endangered Species: Bureau of Land Management Withdraws Exemption Request

nigel allen nigel.allen at canrem.com
Tue Apr 20 19:45:48 EST 1993


Here is a press release from the Bureau of Land Management,
U.S. Department of the Interior 

 Bureau of Land Management Withdraws Exemption Request
 To: National Desk, Environment Writer
 Contact: Kevin Sweeney, 202-208-6416 or Bob Johns, 202-208-5717,
          both of the U.S. Department of the Interior

   WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
today withdrew its request to exempt 13 Oregon timber sales from 
full compliance with the Endangered Species Act. The move by the 
BLM will have no economic impact, as the 13 sales are in an area 
where a federal court injunction currently prohibits timber 
harvesting.
   In February, a Ninth Circuit federal Court of Appeals ruled
that, should it wish to continue seeking an exemption, the BLM must
appoint an administrative law judge to hold hearings on whether the
Bush administration improperly meddled in the deliberations of the
so-called "God Squad."  That group of senior administration
officials can grant exemptions from the Endangered Species Act.
After two extensions, the BLM's decision was due today.
   BLM officials said the Clinton administration is not interested
in looking backwards or in resurfacing allegations about the
previous administration.  The officials said the more important
move was to forge greater consensus in forest management practices
of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.
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