Interior Proposes to Exclude FWS from NEPA Requirements for Lacey Act Listings

Interior Proposes to Exclude FWS from NEPA  Requirements for Lacey Act Listings

On Monday July 1, 2013, the Department of the Interior published a notice announcing a proposed categorical exclusion from the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The exclusion would allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to add species to the list of injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act without preparing an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement.  Species listed under the Lacey Act are prohibited from being imported into the U.S. or transported across state lines. Comments are due by July 31, 2013.