Footnote 2

When a federal agency seeks to take an action that might affect a listed species, it must send a "biological assessment" to one of the two Endangered Species Act administrator bodies. If the administrators feel the proposed action could put a listed species at risk of extinction, they can issue a "jeopardy opinion," which carries the force of a decision. For more on this, see http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Salmon-Habitat/ESAConsultations/.

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