Gopher Tortoise Case Study

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The Gopher Tortoise – Endangered? January 16, 2010 Week 2 Assignment for GM520 1. State the administrative agency which controls the regulation. Explain why this agency and your proposed regulation interest you (briefly). How will this proposed regulation affect you or the business in which you are working? Provide the URL to the website where the regulation change proposal is located. (Check your URL to be sure it takes the reader to the actual regulation). (10 points) For my assignment I have chosen to research the Gopher tortoise. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service feel the Gopher tortoise may need federal protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service control the regulation that would allow the Gopher tortoise to receive protection…show more content…
Provide the "deadline" for which the public comment must be made. (If the time has already run, please provide when the deadline was.) (5 points) The deadline for public comment on the proposal regarding the Gopher tortoise protection is due on March 15, 2010. 5. To what does your comment's submission legally entitle you? (See the textbook's discussion of the Administrative Procedure Act.) If the proposal passes, describe one way you could attempt to have the regulation declared invalid and overturned. (15 points) By submitting a comment during the public comment period I am securing my right to challenge the validity of the new regulation. If the proposal passes and I want to have the regulation declared invalid and overturned, I could challenge that the regulation does not have substantial evidence. In the case of the Gopher tortoise, if I did not want the Gopher tortoise to be placed on the endangered species list I could challenge the regulation by inquiring about population studies and the validity of the study. I live on a farm in South Georgia and our property is overrun with Gopher tortoises. You have to be careful in the pecan orchard and blueberry patch to watch for the Gopher’s burrow; we have had family members that have stepped in the Gopher’s burrow. Not only do you risk breaking a leg, but rattlesnakes are native to the area and share the burrow with the Gopher. You do not want to risk a rattlesnake

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