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One Step Closer to Erasing Trump Rule

Greenwire reports that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) submitted a new rule for White House review, a step toward undoing a Trump administration rule redefining critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

The new rule would cancel the Trump-era rule that eliminated habitat that had once supported endangered species. Last year, the FWS determined that the Trump-era definition would “inappropriately constrain” FWS’s ability to designate areas that meet the definition of critical habitat.

The Trump administration rule “neither stemmed from the scientific literature nor had a clear relationship with the statutory definition of ‘critical habitat,’” said an FWS statement.