|Rusty-patched bumblebee (Rich Hatfield, Reuters )|
NRDC said in a statement: “The Trump administration broke the law by blocking the rusty patched bumblebee from the endangered species list. The science is clear—this species is headed toward extinction, and soon. There is no legitimate reason to delay federal protections for this bee. Freezing protections for the rusty patched bumblebee without public notice and comment flies in the face of the democratic process.”
Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift "said the agency 'is working to review this regulation as expeditiously as possible and expects to issue further guidance on the effective date … shortly,'" Fears writes.