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“Over the last few years, the management of ‘take’ under MBTA has been riddled with flawed decisions that have created massive uncertainty,” said Tim Charters, senior director of government affairs for NOIA. “This common sense approach ensures that lawful activities are not held hostage to unnecessary threats of criminalization.”

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But Interior’s deputy communications director, Russell Newell cheap canada goose , said in an email that the fact that “the government has relied on prosecutorial discretion” has canada goose coats on sale led to “tremendous uncertainty in how the act will be applied.”

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