(ARLINGTON, VA) — Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), welcomed a report and recommendations issued today by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group. Working Group co-chairs, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), formed the group in May of 2013.
“We thank Representatives Hastings, Lummis and other members of the Working Group for this thoughtful and much-needed report. Since its enactment, the ESA has been among the most contentious environmental laws as its provisions can affect the use of both federal and nonfederal lands and resources. Endangered species listings have consequences for nearly every rural electric cooperative, affecting their ability to site and maintain power lines. We believe this report represents an important first step in modernizing the law and building consensus for long-overdue reforms.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.