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Judge Spanks Bush Commerce Department Over Lowering "Dolphin-Safe" Tuna Standards

>From <www.gristmagazine.com>
August 12, 2004

IF NOT FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS ...
Judge Spanks Commerce Secretary Over Dolphin-Safe Rules

In a ruling made public yesterday, a federal judge resoundingly
rejected the efforts of Bush administration officials to relax
"dolphin-safe" standards for tuna. U.S. District Judge Thelton
Henderson's ruling was, to put it mildly, strongly worded. "The
record is replete with evidence that [Commerce Secretary Donald
Evans] was influenced by policy concerns unrelated to the best
available scientific evidence," read the 51-page ruling. "This court
has never, in its 24 years, reviewed a record of agency action that
contained such a compelling portrait of political meddling." The
Commerce Department had proposed rewriting the rules to certify tuna
as dolphin-safe even if dolphins were swept up in fish nets, as long
as observers certified that the dolphins were unharmed. (Mexican
observers are regularly bribed to overlook dead or injured dolphins.)
Henderson called the decision "arbitrary and capricious." Government
officials are reviewing the decision and, one suspects, applying
salve to their stinging rear ends.

straight to the source: MSNBC.com, Associated Press, 11 Aug 2004
<http://www.gristmagazine.com/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=2820>

straight to the source: The Sacramento Bee, Claire Cooper, 11 Aug 2004
<http://www.gristmagazine.com/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=2821>

straight to the source: San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko, 11 Aug 2004
<http://www.gristmagazine.com/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=2822>