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Media Advisory, October 19, 2010

Contact: Kassie Siegel, (951) 961-7972 or

D.C. Court Hearing to Decide Endangered Species Act Status for Polar Bear

What:  A federal court hearing on challenges to the Endangered Species Act listing for the polar bear. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council argue the polar bear should be listed as “endangered” rather than merely “threatened,” while the state of Alaska and other parties argue the bear is not imperiled and should not be protected at all. At the time of listing, the Bush administration issued a special rule exempting greenhouse gases from regulation under the Endangered Species Act. Such a rule can only be issued for a species listed as threatened, not endangered.

When: Wednesday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Where:   U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
Main Building
333 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001-2858
Courtroom 20, Sixth Floor
Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan

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