Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Well, the 110th Congress has come and gone, and the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act never made it through either chamber. Too bad. I certainly hope there will be another push by the U.S. Congress during the upcoming session. For almost a full decade now, members have been trying to implement legislation to create a uniform policy protecting fossils on federal land. The fragmentation and ineffectiveness of current policies were identified by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2000. My sense is that opposition has been coming primarily from commercial fossil collecting interests.