The U.S. Congress is considering many measures that would, if enacted, undermine long-standing environmental protection laws. Among the bills in jeopardy:
- The Migratory Bird Treaty Act—One measure addresses incidental deaths (those caused as collateral damage during development projects) and would remove incentives for companies to adopt such protective practices as preventing bird deaths in oil waste pits or coal ash ponds.
- The Endangered Species Act—Efforts are under way to weaken the law’s science-based decision-making process.
- The Land and Water Conservation Fund—Some administration and congressional officials want to cut funding for this program, which has helped preserve wildlife habitat in most states, including Virginia.
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