Prof. Camacho submits comment on proposed Endangered Species Act revisions


Prof. Alejandro Camacho
 Prof. Alejandro Camacho

UCI Law Professor Alejandro Camacho, Faculty Director of UCI Law's Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), jointly submitted comments with five other professors on the proposed regulatory revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Their comments highlight how these revisions proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries “will result in less effective . . . administration of the Endangered Species Act.”

Weakening federal protections for endangered species is especially concerning given the findings in a recent report by CLEANR that existing state laws are largely inadequate to achieve the federal ESA’s goals.


CLEANR promotes innovative thinking and action in the fields of environmental and land use law. The Center supports interdisciplinary research aimed at revealing and addressing intractable environmental problems; creates programs and other educational opportunities through which to disseminate information and facilitate dialogue about environmental issues; and builds advocacy networks among academics, students, activists, and policy makers that will play a leading role in framing debates, developing solutions, and challenging existing policies and practices where they fall short in protecting the environment. CLEANR understands the law to include judicial decision making, legislation, regulation (including administrative guidance and policy), and alternative forms of dispute resolution. The Center also adopts a broad understanding of environmental problems to include issues pertaining to environmental health, pollution control, land use, natural resources, public lands, and energy.


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