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RS21264 - The Endangered Species Act and Sound Science (pdf)

16-Jul-2002; Pamela Baldwin and M. Lynne Corn; 6 p.

Abstract:The Endangered Species Act is a strong statute enacted to save and recover dwindling species. Decisions to list species are to rest only on the best available scientific data, and science plays a part in other important aspects of the Act. Yet many times the best available science may be sketchy. Recent situations involving economic and social conflicts over resources have resulted in a renewed focus on the use of science under the ESA and several proposals are before Congress. This report provides background on the issues and will be updated as circumstances warrant. [read report]

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