Overnight Regulation: Feds finalize new rules for listing endangered species

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The Obama administration is changing the process for petitioning the government to protect an endangered or threatened animal.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries finalized a rule Monday that changes the process by which species are petitioned for listing, delisting or reclassification under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


Under the rule, first proposed in May 2015, petitioners will be required to notify each state wildlife agency where a species is located at least 30 days before submitting a petition to the federal government. The delay will gives states an opportunity to provide agencies with pertinent information on the species.

The new rule also restricts the number of species that can be petitioned for at one time. Under the rule, only one species is allowed per petition. 

The agencies say the changes will allow them to better leverage limited resources and more effectively conserve America's imperiled wildlife. 

The Center for Biological Diversity was quick to slam the rule, calling it an "impediment" to using the Endangered Species Act.

"These new restrictions on citizen petitions are nothing more than a gift to industries and right-wing states that are hostile to endangered species," Brett Hartl, the group's director of endangered species policy, said in a statement.

"These rules make it harder to get imperiled species the Endangered Species Act protections they desperately need and they do nothing to address the backlog of hundreds of imperiled species that are still waiting to get the protections they deserve."

Hartl argued further delays in a process that already takes too long will increase the risk of extinction for many animals.

"The filing of a petition triggers what is supposed to be a two-year process that includes three public-comment periods," he said. 

"Unfortunately the Fish and Wildlife Service routinely violates this legal requirement, often taking more than a decade to complete the process. Delays in protection of species have had significant consequences, with more than 40 species having gone extinct while waiting for protection."

The rule will take effect in 30 days. http://bit.ly/2dbFgm6



The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Federal Trade Commission. http://bit.ly/2cwOXsg

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing to look at legislative proposals that address consumer access to mainstream banking services. http://bit.ly/2d45fwP

The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's new framework for commercial drone operations. http://bit.ly/2dmVWKA



The Obama administration will publish 119 new proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register. Here's what to look for: 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue a final rule on new reporting requirements for doctors using medications to treat opioid addiction.

Doctors treating addicts with drugs like buprenorphine will now have to provide information on their annual caseload of patients by month, the number of patients provided or referred to behavioral health services, and steps they are taking to prevent drugs they prescribe from being misused. 

The rule will take effect in 30 days. http://bit.ly/2dwTJLq

HHS will also issue a final rule to require states to annually monitor all child care providers receiving federal child care and development funds (CCDF) and require staff at child care facilities to complete a background check. 

The rule will take effect in 60 days. http://bit.ly/2cyxQet



IRS set to use private debt collectors http://bit.ly/2dn3fgT

Feds fine TitleMax's parent company $9M over loan practices http://bit.ly/2cQEKYV

Court blocks proof-of-citizenship to vote in 3 states http://bit.ly/2d44SCy

Takata says it failed to report airbag rupture in 2003 http://bit.ly/2deunBB

FBI report finds rise in violent crime http://bit.ly/2d4ldoV

Top climate skeptic to lead Trump's EPA transition team http://bit.ly/2d4rMK6

Schumer joins calls for updates to emergency mobile alerts http://bit.ly/2devGwq

Google backs Obama's internet transition plan http://bit.ly/2d4H8g0

Obama climate rule faces critical test in court http://bit.ly/2cycCgN

Lawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges http://bit.ly/2d4H6Vm

Why do obese patients get worse care? Many doctors don't see past the fat – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/2dm9lTd

Senator seeks SEC probe on Yahoo disclosure on hacking – Reuters http://reut.rs/2ddZ8Tz

After New York attack, Congress wants TSA to secure Amtrak, buses – Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/2cyAiSg



1.2 million: Violent crimes in 2015.

372: Violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2015.

3.9 percent: Increase in violent crimes from 2014 to 2015. 

(Source: FBI)

Violent crime in the United States increased in 2015, while the number of property crimes continued to decrease, a new FBI report finds. http://bit.ly/2d4ldoV


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