Twenty-Two AGs Notified Trump Administration of Intent to Add Endangered Species Act Claims to Challenge of NEPA Regulations Overhaul

September 22, 2020

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in notifying the Trump administration of their intent to add Endangered Species Act claims to their ongoing challenge of the administration’s weakening of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing regulations, based on the administration’s failure to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service before finalizing the changes. In their notice, the attorneys general warned that by drastically narrowing the range of federal actions subject to NEPA review and the types of impacts that must be analyzed, the administration’s changes make it “inevitable that federal agencies will overlook and fail to mitigate harm to listed species.” The attorneys general concluded that the changes will result in “severe and irreversible impacts to numerous endangered and threatened species throughout the United States,” including to the hundreds of protected species found within their states and territories.

Documents:
Document Type:
  • Press Releases/Statements
  • Other
States:
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Guam
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.
Agencies:
  • Council on Environmental Quality
Issues:
  • Endangered Species Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Wildlife
Action Type:
Litigation