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Oversight Hearing on "The Department of the Interior’s proposal to use a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for adding species to the Lacey Act’s list of injurious wildlife"
Friday, September 20, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Oversight Hearing on:

  • "The Department of the Interior’s proposal to use a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for adding species to the Lacey Act’s list of injurious wildlife"

Member Statements:

The Honorable John Fleming
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

David Hoskins
Assistant Director
Fish and Aquatic Conservation
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Peter Jenkins
Executive Director
Center for Invasive Species Prevention
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Jim Maddy
President and CEO
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Shaun M. Gehan
Attorney
Kelley Drye & Warren
Representing U. S. Association of Reptile Keepers
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Marshall Meyers
Senior Advisor
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Background:

On July 1, 2013, the Department of the Interior proposed a NEPA Categorical Exclusion for the listing of species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. A Categorical Exclusion is defined to apply "To actions which would not, under normal circumstances, individually or cumulatively have a significant impact on the environment." While not every listing decision under the Lacey Act will have significant economic and social impacts, some listings affect broad segments of the economy and millions of citizens across the country.

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