Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), today wrote to U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, Chairman of the House Committee on National Resources and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the Committee, in support of H.R. 4315, H.R. 4316, H.R 4317 and H.R 4318, which would reform the Endangered Species Act.
“Electric cooperatives support reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act with the goal of finding a balance that accommodates essential economic activities while making it less costly,” Emerson said. “Listing species as endangered adversely affects nearly every rural electric cooperative’s ability to site and maintain power lines. That’s why the scientific information must be thorough, balanced and based on scientific standards and impartial peer review.”
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.