Legislation Would Require Further Consideration of Economic Cost in ESA Listing Decisions

House Bill 4370 would allow “cumulative economic effects” to preclude listing of species that are otherwise warranted in response to petitions under the Endangered Species Act. The bill also would remove the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 12-month response requirement and allow the agency to prioritize petitions other than in the order they were received––with the exception that the agency “may not give general priority to petitions to add species to such a list over petitions to remove a species from such a list.”