Remember this "groundbreaking" settlement deal that Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians cut with the feds last summer? The one in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to provide timely and/or date certain listing decisions?
Question: How's that working out?
Answer: The agency has been issuing a slew of findings, right on time. However, so far, the decisions are mostly to deny species' protection under the ESA. Including the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, the Mohave ground squirrel, the Northern leopard frog-- all clear cases of species tanking in the US due to loss of habitat-- and yet, USFWS inexplicably finds ways to keep them off the list.
So, MORE QUESTIONS: can these determinations be litigated as Section 4 merits challenges? Can other organizations bring litigation to challenge these determinations? Is there anything in the agreements precluding litigation by CBD or WEG about the determinations for any time frame?