Thursday, February 11, 2010

Redden Rejects Latest BiOp

US District Court Judge James Redden has once again rejected the Columbia River Biological Opinion on the grounds that the revisions by the Obama administration violated procedural rules in not including plaintiffs and other stakeholder groups in the process. In his statement Redden said the latest Adaptive Management Implementation Plan (AMP) was a significant improvement and laid out steps by which the Federal Government could bring the plan into accordance with the law. Redden also encouraged NOAA to use the best available science during their review saying, "They cannot rely exclusively on materials that support one position, while ignoring new or opposing scientific information." hinting that the most recent revisions may not have satisfied the ESA mandate for recovery. The latest BiOp was put forth by the NOAA and the Obama administration this past September. See coverage in the Oregonian:

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