The White House is reportedly looking into a proposal that some warn could strip protections for hundreds of threatened species.
The proposal is called "Removal of Blanket Section 4(d) Rule," CNN reported, citing a government database.
The blanket rule has been used by the Fish and Wildlife Service to cover hundreds of threatened animal and plant species that are at risk of becoming endangered.
A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said it is false to say the rule would strip the protections and noted it is a "draft" that is "under internal review."
Noah Greenwald — who leads the endangered species project at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group — said the Trump administration has "more aggressively moved to roll back regulations for air, water and wildlife than any other administration."
He noted that oil and agriculture companies could benefit if the protections are stripped, as they are now prohibited from harming the habitats of threatened species.
The Fish and Wildlife Service can decide to write specific protections for species that are threatened or they can cover the species with blanket rule protections, according to CNN. Currently, about 300 species are covered with blanket rule protections.
The proposal comes after reports that President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE's appointee to oversee wildlife and parks at the Interior Department has a history of opposing endangered species protections.
Susan Combs, who was recently appointed as acting assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, has in the past compared the endangered species listings to “incoming Scud missiles.”