U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor recently announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reopen its public comment period for the proposed critical habitat designation for the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot Mussel.
In February, Pryor invited service director Dan Ashe to see the economic impact of this designation.
Under current protocol, the service is only considering the cost of consulting on critical habitat designations to the government, instead of considering costs to all stakeholders.
The Community Protection Act, would require the service to look at the impact.