Procedural Guarantees

California Cattlemen’s Association v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Law requires consideration of human needs as well as amphibian

The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires the federal government to assess the economic impact of proposed federal rules on small businesses and government entities. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service ignored this command when it declared 1.8 million acres across 16 California counties to be untouchable “critical habitat” for the Yosemite toad and two yellow-legged frog species. PLF filed a complaint in federal district court on behalf of three agricultural industry organizations to challenge the Service’s refusal to comply with the law that requires the government to balance regulatory goals with the needs of a healthy economy.

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