Bush ignores his own promises on preserving wetlands | SummitDaily.com

Bush ignores his own promises on preserving wetlands

Daily Staff Writer

President Bush this month said he is working to “restore, improve and protect at least three million wetland acres over the next five years.”But according to a new report released Aug. 12, the Bush administration has actually done the reverse by using a key court ruling to encourage a severe degradation of wetlands throughout the country. As the Washington Post reported, the Bush administration “has allowed developers to drain thousands of acres of wetlands under a policy adopted last year.” The study, which documents the administration policy, was conducted by four nonpartisan environmental watchdog groups and is based on documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.It found that the Bush administration’s interpretation of a 2001 Supreme Court decision has ensured that developers are allowed to run roughshod over previous efforts to protect fragile wetlands.You can read the full report online at http://www.nrdc.org.

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