The Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list drew praise from ranchers and condemnation from environmental groups, who say they will take legal action to retain federal protection.
Sweeping proposals released by the Trump administration Thursday to change the way the government implements the Endangered Species Act provoked fairly predictable reactions – environmental groups blasted them, and industry groups welcomed them.
The biannual attempt by Republican lawmakers to rewrite the Endangered Species Act is in full swing, exemplified by a Senate hearing Tuesday on draft legislation that would give states a greater say in how the law is implemented.
The Food and Drug Administration said at a public meeting today that it has the expertise to address the regulatory challenges posed by the young but fast-growing industry of cell-cultured animal products.
A meeting scheduled by the Food and Drug Administration next week will offer a window into the debate over who should regulate the fast-growing lab-grown meat industry, which uses animal cells to produce meat grown outside the animals.
If the “waters of the United States” rule became law, it would “freeze up” the use of farmland as landowners try to determine “whether every minor drainage ditch, dry arroyo, and nearby puddle is covered by the Clean Water Act,” farm groups said in an amicus brief filed in federal court in North Dakota.
U.S. beef producers are excited about the possible sales opportunities that could result in China’s increased desire for beef, but the same could be said for every country that sends beef to the People’s Republic.