INGAA Pushes For Limiting ESA Consultation Procedures

September 2009 Vol. 64 No. 9

In its comments to Interior and Commerce, INGAA pressed for major changes in some of the definitions in section 7 and the way the consultation process now works. For example, INGAA wants to be able to use documents other than biological assessments as the basis for formal consultations, to have content requirements established for biological assessments when and if they are required, change the definition of “cumulative effects” to exclude the effects of future federal actions analyzed during the section 7 consultation process and a number of other somewhat technical yet significant changes.