Enzi Bill Would Require More Transparency on Endangered Species Data

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has introduced legislation that would require the federal government to disclose the data it uses for Endangered Species Act listings.

According to Enzi, the bill he introduced Thursday also would ensure that endangered species decisions are more reliant on the input of state, local and tribal studies. Enzi said when an animal is categorized as an endangered species, the states and local communities are the most impacted by this, but they currently can't verify, dispute or complement the information that federal agencies use.

Enzi said his legislation would ensure that state, local and tribal authorities have a seat at the table when federal agencies are imposing regulations that could have significant ramifications. He said Wyoming has some of the richest wildlife habitat in the world.

He said his measure, called the State, Tribal and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act, is designed to ensure that the federal government adheres to its legal responsibilities to cooperate with states under the Endangered Species Act, and that the best available scientific data is used in listing decisions.

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