By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

ARTBA offered support July 13 for legislation introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) aimed at reforming the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Specifically, the “Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018” would add predictability to ESA regulations by inserting additional deadlines into the review process.

The association has consistently advocated for a standard to define the “best available” scientific data in decisions concerning endangered or threatened species. Barrasso’s bill will help to achieve this goal by giving greater weight to data that is empirical or has been field tested or independently peer reviewed during the decision-making process. ARTBA also supported the legislation’s goal of increasing transparency in ESA litigation by requiring publication of all filed ESA complaints within 30 days, and notification to any affected state or county of a proposed ESA settlement.

ARTBA will continue to monitor the legislation as it progresses through the Senate.  Read the letter.