Attorney General Alan Wilson Leads Multistate Charge Against Biden Administration’s Decision to Prioritize the Right Whale in the Wrong Way

May 8, 2023

Attorney General Alan Wilson led a letter to push back against the Biden Administration’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule because it has the potential to seriously disrupt South Carolina’s economy and boating and fishing industries.

“Federal overreach is the Biden Administration’s standard operating procedure. The latest NOAA proposal would crush South Carolina’s thriving boating and fishing industries, seriously damage our economy, and threaten the safety of boaters and fishers alike,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “The Biden Administration might not care about the consequences of its actions, but I do. You can not thwart the law in an attempt to advance your agenda.”

NOAA received more than 40,000 comments on its latest proposed rule that would require speed restrictions on certain size vessels. The proposed rule is an attempt to protect the North Atlantic Right Whale, but it would damage South Carolina’s economy and ultimately put thousands of families’ livelihoods at stake.

Attorney General Wilson led with Georgia, with Tennessee, Alaska, and Louisiana joining in the comment letter to the NOAA.

Attorney General Wilson sent a previous letter, too.

Read the recent letter here.

Read the previous letter here.