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Bush Administration Rolls Back Salmon Habitat Protections

The Bush administration is seeking to temporarily end habitat protections for 19 populations of salmon and steelhead in four Western states, which could open the areas to greater development.In a proposed settlement entered in federal court Monday, the National Marine Fisheries Service said it will eliminate and then revise the protections to settle lawsuits filed by the Association of California Water Agencies, National Association of Home Builders and 16 other groups of developers and local governments.Jim Lecky, the service's Southwest regional administrator for protected resources, said the fish still will be protected under the Endangered Species Act while the habitat provisions are reworked, a process that could take roughly two years.The developers and local governments filed suit, arguing the protections were "excessive, unduly vague, not justified as essential" and "not based upon a required analysis of economic impacts."Duane Desiderio of the homebuilders' association said hi...

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