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Radanovich Urges U.S. FWS, DOJ to issue Correction of Information of Delta Smelt BO
 California Agriculture in Jeopardy; Calls on California Colleagues to Join Effort
From the Press Office of Congressman George Radanovich  
Contact: Spencer Pederson
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Phone: 202-225-4540
(Washington, D.C. January 7, 2009).  Congressman George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) today called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a Correction of Information of the Effects Analysis (EA) of the Delta Smelt Biological Opinion as requested by Family Farm Alliance in accordance with the Information Quality Act (IQA).  Radanovich is asking his California colleagues to join him is sending a letter to FWS and DOJ requesting immediate action.

"The future of California's agriculture industry hinges on the availability of water from the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta," Radanovich said.  "Therefore, the federal agencies must utilize the best information available and that information must be held to the highest standard to determine the capacity to export water from the Delta to deliver to millions of Californians the pumping capacity of the Delta.  The stakes are too high and consequences too great for accurate scientific data to be replaced by subjective assumptions."
The Alliance's December 14th request highlights failures by the agencies to appropriately consider the full spectrum of pertinent scientific data and argues that a basic level of quality, as mandated by the IQA, was not met in the Effects Analysis.
The IQA requires the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance to federal agencies designed to ensure the "quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity" of information disseminated to the public. 
"The biased, inaccurate, and misleading Effects Analysis is precisely the reason why the IQA exists and I urge a prompt and thorough response from the U.S. FWS and DOJ," Radanovich said.
"No wonder California's current economic situation is bleak-the recently released Delta Smelt Biological Opinion is yet another a frightening use of misinformation by the environmental movement to advance a reckless agenda.  By oppressing the family farmer-the backbone of the California economy, our state is even less equipped to cope with the looming financial crisis," Radanovich said.
Specifically, the Family Farm Alliance request charges that FWS failed to comply with federal guidelines intended to exclude biased and inaccurate information and to ensure the integrity of expert peer reviews.  Additionally, the FWS conflictingly blames the decline of the smelt on entrainment at the pumps, while simultaneously acknowledging that the data shows entrainment is not driving a population decline.  The Alliance also argues that FWS inaccurately places responsibility on the delta pumps for the effects of toxic wastes dumped in the delta and the reproductive habits of invasive species.
"I commend the diligence and determination of the Family Farm Alliance for their efforts in requesting an IQA Correction of Information and ask my colleagues to join me in encouraging a comprehensive and expeditious response from FWS and DOJ," Radanovich said.
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