Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following remarks regarding a federal district court decision that found the Bush Administration in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and directed the Department of the Interior to issue a final ESA listing decision protecting the polar bear by May 15, 2008:

Senator Boxer said: "Once again, the courts have found that the Bush Administration has been violating the law when it comes to protecting the environment. In this case, the Administration clearly missed the deadline for action to protect the polar bear - a deadline they agreed to.  Interior Secretary Kempthorne, like EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, has been stonewalling our Committee, and I am very pleased that the court has ordered the Interior Department to stop stalling and finalize its decision regarding polar bears. These magnificent creatures are in peril, and this Administration has no right to walk away from protecting them."

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