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ACSH Instrumental In Upcoming Supreme Court Case On FWS Land Grab
The American Council on Science and Health was cited as vital science outreach in making a Louisiana land grab for a frog from another state a SCOTUS issue
That it only exists in Mississippi is why it was odd that the federal government engaged in an unprecedented land grab and agreed that the best habitat for restoration was in Louisiana - and told the landowners they would have to tear down their existing forest and put up a new one suitable for the frog, at a cost of up to $36 million.
"It set up alarm bells for us when this happened, but it was obviously a matter for the courts," said Hank Campbell, President of the American Council on Science and Health, the nation's premier pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit. "Once an appeals court ruled with the government we had to take action. This whole process began as part of a "sue-and-settle"
To find answers, the American Council on Science and Health called the "consultant"
"That was our concern," said Campbell, who is also on the science advisory board of Atlantic Legal Foundation, which will be submitting a brief. "This made Waters of the United States and EPA's capricious rules on particulate matter look like rigorous Constitutional scholarship. If this is allowed to stand, environmental groups can file lawsuits during times when their political allies are in power, the government can pick any landowner in America and then target them by declaring they will put an endangered species in there. That is what happened here."
Those interested can read more about the Council's work stopping this kind of politicization of science here:
The American Council on Science and Health (http://acsh.org) has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. and educates the public on science and health issues. Their Advisory Board of 300 scientists and doctors has consisted of luminaries from famed Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop to John Higginson, the first Director of the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to Dr. Don Henderson, the man credited for eliminating smallpox. As the Wall Street Journal phrased it, "ACSH knows the difference between a health scare and a health threat."