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States challenge environmental rule for critical habitat

Posted November 29

— Eighteen states have filed a lawsuit challenging environmental regulations that could allow more areas to be designated as critical habitat for endangered and threatened species.

The states filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Alabama. It challenges a federal regulation that would allow areas to be more easily designated as critical habitat for a threatened species even if the species isn't currently living there.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, in a statement, called the proposal a federal overreach.

Alabama and Arkansas were joined with Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming in filing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit names the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the National Marine Fisheries Services and federal officials as defendants.

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