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Group Sues Fed For Failing To Act On Endangered Species Protections

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An environmental group filed a lawsuit today alleging the federal government has failed to act on petitions to protect nine different species under the Endangered Species Act.

The suit also claims the government failed to designate critical habitat for 11 others. The complaint covers species across the country, including in Arizona, and asks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make decisions on the species after years of delays. The Center for Biological Diversity previously sued over more than 200 species waiting for protection decisions. The group says the average waiting period for an imperiled species to get federal protection is 12 years. 47 species have gone extinct waiting.

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