Changes to Pa. endangered species laws proposed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State agencies, environmentalists and the federal government are raising alarms about proposed legislation in Pennsylvania that could significantly change the laws that protect threatened and endangered species in the state.

The key changes would give the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission a role in the process of listing or delisting threatened or endangered species and in listing Wild Trout Streams.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission currently have exclusive authority for birds, animals, fish and other species.

Lawyer George Jugovic (u-GO’-vihk) with the environmental group Penn Future says the changes would make it nearly impossible to add new species.

But supporters of the bills say they just provide an independent opportunity to review or contest such decisions.

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